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Thread #167604   Message #4199882
Posted By: Black belt caterpillar wrestler
27-Mar-24 - 03:27 PM
Thread Name: Folklore: Good Friday customs
Subject: RE: Folklore: Good Friday customs
The basis of a pace egg play, or mumming play, is that Saint George is challenged by another knight, kills him, a doctor is found who restores the other knight to life and a strange set of other characters come on and introduce themselves at various points. It usually end up with a song and the audience is asked nicely/threatened until they make a donation.

There is always at least one fight, one death and one resurection. The Lancaster mumming play had three fights.

There are also Christmas versions that sometimes include Santa Claus.

When you start looking into the name " pace-egging" it all gets a bit complicated with references to easter and pre-christian derivations.