Gulikan is a Shaivite Theyyam. It is a story of a boy, Markandeya, who won over death. Lord Shiva killed Yama and saved his devotee, when the god of death came to claim his body. However, due to Yama's demise, no one died on the earth for a long time. Everyone grew older and weaker, until they could no longer bear the burden of ageing. Then, Shiva created Gulikan to put an end to suffering of and on the earth by getting rid of everything and everyone old.