Pssst, nmariekerr fitting timing no? ;)
During the Bubonic Plague, doctors wore these bird-like masks to avoid becoming sick. They would fill the beaks with spices and rose petals, so they wouldn’t have to smell the rotting bodies.
A theory during the Bubonic Plague was that the plague was caused by evil spirits. To scare the spirits away, the masks were intentionally designed to be creepy.
I will keep reblogging these:
- because they are cool and scary as hell
- until Steven Moffat puts them in an episode of Doctor Who