A Bone Dance pageant.

The Bone Dance was a religious hunting festival dedicated to Malar the Beastlord and practiced in the Vast. It was held on the night of Highsun 9th and hosted by clerics of Malar.

The Malarites animated the skeletons of great stags and other beasts, and the oldest and youngest members of the community played hunters. Together, they enacted exciting hunting scenes and held a pageant around a bonfire, called the Bone Dance. There was also a great feast in which everyone ate and drank until late in the night.

Early the next morning, they ventured out to track, hunt down and kill a dangerous predator or monster known to be in the area.

The Bone Dance was more popular in the smaller country communities than in the cities.[1]


  1. Ed Greenwood (November 1998). The City of Ravens Bluff. (TSR, Inc), p. 147. ISBN 0-7869-1195-6.