Re: Dance craze

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    >From: Trupeljak Ozren <>
    >Subject: Dance craze
    >Date: Tue, 1 May 2001 14:21:50 -0700 (PDT)
    >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
    >a copy...
    >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...
    >Anyway ;)
    Ergot mania?

    For some reason I have rye fields, fungus, and town drinking water supplies
    associated deep within my cobweb infested memory banks. If anyone could take
    a broom and help sweep my cobwebs away I'd be much obliged.

    Would ergot mania be anything dimly resembling what are now known as "raves"
    (sans the techno music of course, because DJ's probably weren't spinning the
    wheels of steel back in them days).

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