Bhopal (Madhya Pradesh): Chikku, a wooden statue linked to the Bhutta cult of Karnataka, is the first July ‘show of the week’ on the social media pages of Indira Gandhi Rashtriya Manav Sangrahalaya (IGRMS), Bhopal.

The height and width of the exhibit, collected from the folk community of Udupi, Karnataka in 1998, are 49cm and 17cm respectively.

IGRMS Director Praveen Kumar Mishra said that Chikku or Cikku is a wooden figure associated with traditional Bhutta worship prevalent in the southern part of Karnataka coast and northern part of Kerala.

He added that Bhutta worship is a form of spirit worship. The object present, personified as the female figure of the spirit, is depicted in a standing posture adorned with traditional ornaments and dresses. The face is seductively depicted with an expression of bold eyes.

Each spirit is also believed to have a unique form, mythical history, special powers, and propitiatory requirements. The idol is made by Gudigar, a community of wood carvers in the region. It is prepared from jackfruit wood and uniquely depicted using bright red, yellow and black colors that were traditionally obtained from locally available natural resources, Mishra added.

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