The recent Kannada movie Kantara opens up a controversy relates to the origins of Bhoota Kola, an annual ritual performance where local spirits or deities are worshipped.
- Bhoota Kola is an annual ritual performance where local spirits or deities are worshipped.
- It is believed that a person performing the ritual has temporarily become a god himself.
- This performer is both feared and respected in the community and is believed to give answers to people’s problems, on behalf of the god.
- There are several ‘Bhootas’ who are worshipped in the Tulu-speaking belt of Dakshina Kannada, Uttara Kannada and Udupi districts of Karnataka.
- It is usually performed in small local communities and rural areas.