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>From: Douglas Brooker <firstname.lastname@example.org>
>Subject: RE: Dance craze
>Date: Wed, 02 May 2001 12:37:22 +0100
> > 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)
If I typed them correctly (highly unlikely) here are some links with regard
to ergot mania. I'm a little skeptical about buying the view that rye fungus
may be to blame for dance mania and/or the Salem witches, but it's an
interesting speculation none-the-less.
Using www.google.com as an engine merely type something like "ergot and
vitus and whatever" to view other URL's. There are probably alternatives to
ergotism as an explanation.
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