||Pontius and Judas
"Punch is the last survival in England of the old mystery or sacred
plays, of which the Bavarians retain in the now noted play at
The full name, Punch and Judy, is from the two chief characters,
Pontius and Judas. Punch as a Roman, speaks with a foreign accent,
and has on his back a hump. This is in consequence of the tradition
that after the condemnation, Pontius was haunted by the idea that
the evil one sat on his back. In his exile, he was always followed
by a black dog. Hence the introduction of Toby, so named from
the dog of Tobias in the Bible.
Judas has now been transformed into a woman, because he was dressed
in a flowing robe, after the fashion of the East."
More about the many names of Punch
can be found in the Punch Page.