A medieval mummers play, the characters dressed in animal masks.
One school of thought theorises that mummers plays, still widely performed today around Christmas and Easter, contain elements of paganism: hobby horses as fertility figures, mock beheadings, a doctor who has the ability to revive the hero, symbolising death and rebirth.

A medieval mummers play, the characters dressed in animal masks.

One school of thought theorises that mummers plays, still widely performed today around Christmas and Easter, contain elements of paganism: hobby horses as fertility figures, mock beheadings, a doctor who has the ability to revive the hero, symbolising death and rebirth.