Aadivedan is an ancient folk art prevalent in certain areas of Kannur district. Aadi and Vedan represent Parvathy and siva. All the characters who enact these two roles normally belong to two different communities - Malayan and Vannan. It is performed during day time. Prevalent in certain areas of Kannur district, Aadivedan is an ancient folk art that represents one third of Kunhi Theyyam. Aadi and Vedan represent Parvathy and Shiva respectively. Thus, Aadivedan is supposed to be the incarnation of Lord Shiva in a form of hunter otherwise called Kirathamoorthy. He visits with a bell in hand in each household and dances to dispel evil forces and shower blessings. The matriarch of the house is directed by him to perform Kuruthi (blood sacrifice). The stuff for Kuruthi is made by mixing turmeric powder and calcium carbonate in water. The evil spirits supposedly are thirsty for blood and the concoction looks like blood. The Kuruthi and a burning wick are thrown away from the courtyard and the Aadivedan leaves the premises after receiving Dakshina (voluntary compensation in cash or kind).