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> I may be wrong but I believe, dance crazes in Europe were closely
> with outbreaks of the plague, and dance crazes were often the results
> profound psychological impact of plagues on small commmunities.
> dance became the favoured outlet, I don't know. Maybe people thought
> vigourous movement kept the plague at bay.
Here's a link on an outbreak of St Vistus's Dance in 1418.
> A similar occurrence that comes to me is the recent argument that
> hunts were closely related to certain kinds of food poisoning (I
> damn condition now, I know it had to do with rye) that produced the
> hallucinations, and violent spasms that people of the time
> bewitchment. They would then looked for someone unpopular in the
> to declare a witch, and hang, burn etc.
Ergotism, rye infected with the fungus "Claviceps purpurea" - there is
a chemical relationship with lysergic acid.
Alcohol is a likely candidate. Also events like witchhunts or
revolutions can be used to settle old scores or as means of acquiring
other's property (as in the american and other revolutions)
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