Description King Herod celebrated his birthday by hosting a banquet. During the feast, his stepdaughter Salome danced before him and his guests. She so pleased Herod that he swore to give her anything she requested. The young woman asked her mother Herodias for guidance. Because John spoke against king's marriage to his brother's wife, Herodias, the latter told her daughter to ask for the head of John the Baptist. Salome asked for the head of John the Baptist on a platter. Herod was sorry when he heard this. But because of his oath, and because of his dinner guests, Herod ordered the beheading.