A parallel Hinduism
Being a member of the higher caste who is religious by upbringing, I was always thinking Of Vishnu, Brahma and Shiva as the greatest Gods and the four Vedas as the only source book of Hinduism.
When I was a child in Kerala I used to watch with interest the worship offered to Kutti Chathan in my home. A cock was cut and toddy was offered to the God. Al people believed that, if this worship was not done our cattle will suffer and die. I understand there is a temple for this God near Kunnamkulam. Later after very many years, when I was working in the Vittal village of South Canara, I saw thousands of sheep and cock being taken to a place outside the village. Due to curiosity I followed them. Then I was witness of the gruesome ritual of their sacrifice before a tiger statue made of wood. Later I came to know that such worship was prevalent in almost all villages of that district. Later when I was reading about temples of Kerala, I came to know about Parasini Kadavu Muthappan. Toddy and meat was offered to propitiate this God. I was also told that there were many more such temples in Kerala. During my study as well as job in Tamil Nadu, I used to see huge statues of men with protruded teeth as well as big horses before entering any village. When I enquired I was told that they were guardian gods of the village. Recently I decided to study about them and brought several books on these guardian Gods. Most of these Gods are non vegetarian and are offered meat and toddy for worship. Some even offer cigars. The people of the village (including Brahmins) have great faith about these Gods. One of the very orthodox families that I know is offering the first cropped hair of the children to one such God in its native village. I also found that there were very interesting human stories behind each such temple. Some of these Gods used to live in those villagers. Some were thieves and some of them were even robbers. Some of these gods were related by story to the famous Hindu Gods. (read about them in http://villagegods.blogspot.com/).
Most probably such a system of parallel religion exists all over India. Most of the religious people are aware and afraid of these Gods, Why then are we not talking about this parallel religion. Why our Madathipathis, seers and sages never utter a word about them? Do they fear that if these are brought out then our main religion will suffer?