An illustration of a bacchic procession.

Bacchic Procession

An illustration of a bacchic procession.

A boar's head is carried into a banquet hall accompanied by musicians. The boar's head festival we know today originated at Queen's College, Oxford, England. Legend has it that a scholar was studying a book of Aristotle while walking through the forest on his way to Midnight Mass. Suddenly, he was confronted by an angry wild boar. Having no other weapon, the resourceful Oxonian rammed his metal-bound philosophy book down the throat of the charging animal, whereupon the brute choked to death. That night the boar's head, finely dressed and garnished, was borne in procession to the dining room, accompanied by carolers singing "in honor of the King of bliss."

Boar's Head Festival Procession

A boar's head is carried into a banquet hall accompanied by musicians. The boar's head festival we know…

"An ecclesiastical vestment, worn during the celebration of mass, at processions, vespers, and other soleminities. The cope was originally a cloak worn for ordinary purposes. In form it is a semicircle, without sleeves and with a hood." — Chambers' Encyclopedia, 1875

Cope

"An ecclesiastical vestment, worn during the celebration of mass, at processions, vespers, and other…

A group of people identified as "Crusaders" march to the Holy Lands. There are several knights on horseback, wearing traditional armor and carrying spears and flags. There are also people who look to be commoners, on foot, heads bowed with exhaustion. A horse lies on the ground and a man kneels over it. Two other men sit on the ground at the front of the group.

Crusaders, Including Knights and Pilgrims, on the March

A group of people identified as "Crusaders" march to the Holy Lands. There are several knights on horseback,…

Enid leads the way on horseback.

Enid

Enid leads the way on horseback.

Group of people leaving a rural area.

Fugitives Before the Approach of a Hostile Army

Group of people leaving a rural area.

"And Tryphon made ready all his horsemen to come that night: but there fell a very great snow, and he came not into the country of Galaad. And when he approached to Bascama, he slew Jonathan and his sons there. And Tryphon returned, and went into his own country. And Simon sent, and took the bones of Jonathan his brother, and buried them in Modin, in the city of his fathers. And all Israel bewailed him with great lamentation: and they mourned for him many days. And Simon built over the sepulchre of his father and of his brethren, a building lofty to the sight, of polished stone behind and before: And he set up seven pyramids one against another for his father and his mother, and his four brethren: And round about these he set great pillars: and upon the pillars arms for a perpetual memory: and by the arms ships carved, which might be seen by all that sailed on the sea." 1 Maccabees 13:22-29 DRA
<p>Procession carrying the remains of Jonathan into Modin.

Jonathan Mourned

"And Tryphon made ready all his horsemen to come that night: but there fell a very great snow, and he…

A wedding procession with the bride up front riding a cow.

Wedding Procession

A wedding procession with the bride up front riding a cow.

An illustration of a wedding procession in 1870.

Wedding Procession

An illustration of a wedding procession in 1870.