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Mendicant Friar

Dance of Death: The Mendicant Friar

The mendicant friar, one belonging to a religious order dedicated to supporting themselves and the activity of their convent through begging, is just about to enter the doors of his order's religious house, carrying his money box, when death seizes him by his friar's cowl and drags him away.

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Dance of Death

Dance of Death

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.