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.