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While I was searching through the bunch of papers and old references to
find some good sources for Cathar heresy question, I found (again) an
interesting tidbit of information that I never followed through.
It seems that Catholic Church and other Christian sects expended much
effort during 4th century, and again durin middle ages, to stomp out
the practice of dancing. The effort of the Church was doubled in
thirteenth century due to the outbreak of "dance epidemics and the
spread of dancing diseases which sometime caused the afflicted to flock
dancingly to various religious shrines so as to obtain relief" (quote
from R.Joseph's "The Naked Neuron"). Does anyone know anything more
about that? The reference book that seemed to deal with the subject was
J. Meerloo's "Dance craze and sacred dance" but I was unable to procur
Any ideas why would, and how, such a strange thing as "dance epidemcs"
appear and/or spread through population? What could be behind it?
I have this feeling that it is important and connected with recent
discussions on religion/behavior memes etc...
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