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December 26, 2016 AT 2:00 am

The Skeletal Welsh Horse You Must Beat in a Battle of Rhymes

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Make sure to look through the peephole this season before welcoming in any visitors who come a knocking!

From Hyperallergic.

There’s a skeletal horse singing rhymes outside your door, and it wants to come inside. Can you beat the dead mare in a battle of poetic wits? This is the Welsh tradition of the Mari Lwyd, a mid-winter custom wherein the skull of a horse, decked out with bells and ribbons, is paraded on a stick by a reveler beneath a sackcloth, who challenges neighbors in exchange for drink and food.

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