Malabar, the gateway to India is a comprehensive narrative melding history, culture, and the lifestyle of a people for whom the territorial identity signifies a cumulative experience. Cradled between a long coastline and the tapering end of the Western Ghats, this land is a veritable melting pot — for, the people, over generations, have harmoniously embraced a constant influx of diverse ethnic and religious groups from across the oceans, and elsewhere. Flip through the pages to discover the mystique that defines the region, now part of the state of Kerala. It is spice country. It is the land of Kalaripayattu. And, the land where the atmospheric Theyyam, a ritual form of worship, still holds sway.