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>From: Vincent Campbell <firstname.lastname@example.org>
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>Subject: RE: Dance craze
>Date: Wed, 2 May 2001 13:56:28 +0100
>I was thinking ergot, but then worried I was getting confused with
My confusion could be stemming from memory interference between Saint
Anthony's fire which according to my dictionary (_Merriam Webster's
Collegiate Dictionary_ (10th edition)) could relate to ergotism and a skin
condition versus Saint Vitus's dance which is defined as chorea.
I recall ergotism being linked to something historical, but I'm at a loss
for the specifics.
My dictionary also defines something called St. Elmo's fire, which brings us
back to Demi Moore (a famous alumnus of General Hospital)> I guess my memory
for soap operas is better than for obscure historical events and their
>Thanks for the weblink, v.interesting.
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> > From: Douglas Brooker
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> > Subject: RE: Dance craze
> > > I may be wrong but I believe, dance crazes in Europe were closely
> > associated
> > > with outbreaks of the plague, and dance crazes were often the results
> > of the
> > > profound psychological impact of plagues on small commmunities.
> > Exactly why
> > > 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.
> > http://plague.law.umkc.edu/Books/hecker/Death13.htm
> > > A similar occurrence that comes to me is the recent argument that
> > witch
> > > hunts were closely related to certain kinds of food poisoning (I
> > forget the
> > > damn condition now, I know it had to do with rye) that produced the
> > fever,
> > > hallucinations, and violent spasms that people of the time
> > interpreted as
> > > bewitchment. They would then looked for someone unpopular in the
> > community
> > > 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)
> > D
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