Kanare, a traditional fright 

In Tamil Nadu, you may be surprised to see on walls and terraces of Tamil houses a big red not so welcoming « devil » head with his tongue sticking out.

With bright colors, a black moustache on top of long sharp teeth, eyes rolling into their eye sockets and white horns, we find this character in many shapes : simply painted on a wood disc, in painted terracotta, and especially for under constructions houses, a full scarecrow-style body.

In spite of the Lord Siva strips painted on his front head, he is not part of the Indian pantheon but simply a devil who aims to remove evil eye from your house. Whoever tries to enter the house to seize something would definitely be pushed back by the Kanare sight, as it is called here.

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