Lord Muthappan is a local deity worshiped mostly in the Malabar regions of Kerala. Considered a manifestation of the duo of Lord Vishnu and Shiva, he is peculiar for many things not least of which is the fact that he was always a rebel.
Anybody can enter the famous Parassini kadavu temple, irrespective of caste or religion which is in keeping with the mindset of the God back when he was a child and fought against such oppressive concepts. Toddy (and even fish) are served to both the devotees and the God at the temple premises. You will always find dogs inside the temple even today as Muthappan had a fondness for them. In fact, the first prasadam of the day is served to them.
The ritual Theyyam dance performed at the temple is truly a sight to behold, irrespective of your beliefs.
One aspect of the daily prayers is that after the Theyyam, the performer is said to be in a trance with the powers of the God within him. During this time, devotees queue up daily and voice their grievances to him. His replies are uniquely rapid-fire speed and punctuated by a trademark loud laugh of his. They are also extremely specific, as most devotees would proclaim.
Hard to believe, eh?
Ya, I can see where the leap of faith is necessary. And I will never force you to believe. But I will tell you a story.