The oldest known use of helmets was by Assyrian soldiers in 900 BC who wore thick leather or bronze helmets to protect the head from blunt objects, sword blows and arrows in combat. Maryann wore her helmet as part of the rituals she performed to control the citizens of Bon Temps and send them into a drunken frenzy. She was hoping that this would call forth her god, Dionysus. It was usually placed upon her head by Daphne Landry. Once the helmet was on, her transformation into a Maenad began to take over.