One daythe entire village Kaveripattinam, in Tamilnadu, goes under the guise either of Angalamman (Shiva) or of Parvati—Shiva’s blood-thirsty consort. They believe that through them God will bless the entire village.
Fear acts behind this self-torturing violence. It certainly indicates that society hasn’t yet become as protective as a God is. And that certainly is a failure of the state.
People in the form of hundreds of Gods walk along the narrow lanes of Kaveripattinam to radiate into the entire village an air of sacred protection. Others simply follow, waiting for the Gods to manifest themselves.
Manifestation of the Gods comes all on a sudden, as, while still walking, a villager in the guise of God suddenly stops, goes under trance, and then starts dancing. He or she becomes unbelievably unknown and people converge from all corners to dance with that deformed individual, and thus to earn blessing.
An ordinary villager, in the guise of a violent God or Goddess, sleep-walking with open eyes through a vast crowd of believers – that in truth tells about a social vacuum that science has failed to fill in. Supernatural messages apart, this really is the picture of a society where people still have to stretch out to the unseen and the uncertain.