The Priest is on his way to administer the last rites to a dying person, while attendants follow with candles and holy water. He is carrying the viaticum, or sacrament, to some dying person. Attendants follow with tapers and holy water. Death leads the way of this procession, carrying a bell and a lantern, to announce that the priest is coming.
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The Dance of Death is an important allegory commenting on human mortality and the passing transience of life. It depicts Death as a fairly jovial skeleton armed with a scythe, who invites his victims to a dance which invariably ends in their demise. The point of the allegory is that no one can refuse its invitation to the dance: hgh church officials, kings or paupers, all must dance and eventually die.