Like Wales, West Cornwall also has a tradition of horse-skulled mast-beasts, that come out at special times of the year. Montol Festival, the Penzance midwinter festival, has a number of guise beasts who perform and dance around the streets and from pub to pub, this particular one being Pen Hood, constructed by Gemma Gary and Jane Cox.
Montol is the Cornish Midwinter Festival of Misrule, held on the 21st December. Pen Hood, Cornish for "Bewitched Head", is a spirit as old as time, and one of the most mischievous 'Obby 'Oss that you can meet. A Counterpart of Montol's other Oss, Kasek Nos, she assists in the choosing of the candidate who chalks the mock, that is drawing a stick figure on a Yule Log to cast into the flames of the midwinter fire. Watch your hats, pints and decorative foliage. Anything that isn't firmly attached is fair game to Pen Hood!
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