The photograph above shows the Mummers Play at the Twelfth Night celebration at Bankside, outside The Globe theatre, in London, which took place yesterday,.
Mummers plays are a big part of traditional English midwinter festivities. Records exist of such an entertainment at the court of Henry IV. There are many different types of Mumming play, but they all tend to contain death and resurrection of one or more character: a theme which is at the heart of both the Christian Passion and pagan ceremony. The scene above shows St George being restored to life by The Doctor after being slain in a fight.
You can find out more about the Twelfth Night celebrations at Bankside at: http://www.thelionspart.co.uk/twelfthnight/
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