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Dancing Plague of 1518


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#1    dannybr0ot4l

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Posted 04 July 2009 - 10:39 PM

I don't know if this has been posted before but to sum it up in 1518, nearly 400 people danced themselves to death.

"- In July of 1518, a woman referred to as Frau Troffea stepped into a narrow street in Strasbourg, France and began a fervent dancing vigil that lasted between four and six days. By the end of the week, 34 others had joined her and, within a month, the crowd of dancing, hopping and leaping individuals had swelled to 400."


http://dsc.discovery.com/news/2008/08/01/d...th-mystery.html




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Posted 05 July 2009 - 03:07 AM

Funny, I just read the wiki page on the Dancing Plague today:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dancing_Plague_of_1518

It has some interesting links, check it out.

I have to say, it is very freaky..


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Posted 05 July 2009 - 04:59 AM

It's so funny that it happened in France.

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Posted 05 July 2009 - 05:00 AM

Xanthias on Jul 5 2009, 04:07 AM, said:

Funny, I just read the wiki page on the Dancing Plague today:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dancing_Plague_of_1518

It has some interesting links, check it out.

I have to say, it is very freaky..


I have a whole site bookmarked of weird and horror wiki pages, everything from unsolved murders to the dancing plague.

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Posted 05 July 2009 - 06:38 AM

Rave?

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Posted 05 July 2009 - 06:56 AM

dannybr0ot4l on Jul 5 2009, 06:00 AM, said:

I have a whole site bookmarked of weird and horror wiki pages, everything from unsolved murders to the dancing plague.

It's good stuff original.gif


Link please.

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Posted 05 July 2009 - 09:24 AM

Cadetak on Jul 4 2009, 11:38 PM, said:

Rave?

Hahahaha, Watching people in that day in age spinning fire would be awsome! I bet it was a very powerful empath, or the guy from Silver thongs thread!
Silver Thong starts party, I love this vid LOL

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Posted 05 July 2009 - 08:33 PM



http://www.renmero.com/wikipedia/

Edited by dannybr0ot4l, 05 July 2009 - 08:33 PM.


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Posted 05 July 2009 - 09:53 PM

Thanks for the link, should keep me busy for awhile.

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Posted 05 July 2009 - 10:06 PM

Godsnmbr1 on Jul 5 2009, 10:53 PM, said:

Thanks for the link, should keep me busy for awhile.


There's definitely a lot of interesting stuff on it.


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Posted 07 July 2009 - 06:24 AM

-__- I sense a disco from the elden days of yore, Rasputin anyone?


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Posted 07 July 2009 - 02:57 PM

Well this is an inexplicable incident if there ever was one...

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Posted 07 July 2009 - 06:17 PM

Just when i thought things couldn't get weirder.

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Posted 07 July 2009 - 10:08 PM

This doesn't have anything to do with St. Vitus' Dance does it?  This apparently uncontrolled, jerky dancing behavior has sometimes been attributed (at least partially) to ergot poisoning.

There's an interesting article in Wikipedia under "Dancing mania" that discusses this type of "plague".   http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dancing_mania


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Posted 09 July 2009 - 12:00 AM

Siara on Jul 7 2009, 10:08 PM, said:

This doesn't have anything to do with St. Vitus' Dance does it?  This apparently uncontrolled, jerky dancing behavior has sometimes been attributed (at least partially) to ergot poisoning.

There's an interesting article in Wikipedia under "Dancing mania" that discusses this type of "plague".   http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dancing_mania


Well in my opinion, in a case as unusual as this nothing can be rules out but I doubt it would be St. Vitus' Dance because it was hundreds of people.  On the wiki it has a couple of possible explanations, and to me the most believable is

Mass psychogenic illness

Historian John Waller thinks that the dancing epidemic was caused by mass psychogenic illness (MPI), a manifestation of mass hysteria that is often preceded by extreme levels of psychological distress. Waller states that famine had been prevalent in the region for some time, caused by very cold winters, very hot summers, crop frosts, and violent hailstorms.[1] Mass deaths followed from malnutrition, and those who survived were forced to kill their farm animals, take out loans, and perhaps even beg in the streets. In addition to food shortages, diseases such as smallpox, syphilis, leprosy, and "the English sweat" (a new disease) afflicted the populace. This series of events might have triggered the MPI.

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On another note Chorea (St. Vitus' Dance) is very interesting and very disturbing sounding.  I wonder if this may have been the cause of some "possessions" throughout time.






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