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Pagan symbol Mari Llwyd

A decorated horse’s skull used in an ancient pagan ceremony is due to go on display in an exhibition at the Tate Gallery. Residents in Llantrisant, south Wales, parade around the old district of the town every Christmas and New Year bearing the skull to usher in the spring.

The tradition of the Mari Lwyd involves the arrival of the horse and its party at the door of the house or pub, where they sing introductory verses. This is followed by a battle of wits – known as pwnco – in which the people inside the door and the Mari party outside exchange challenges and insults in rhyme.

Read the original article at: BBC News

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