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One of the First Major Outbreaks of St. John's Dance (1374) Options
Daemon
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One of the First Major Outbreaks of St. John's Dance (1374)

Germany was the site of one of the first outbreaks of dancing mania, a phenomenon seen primarily in mainland Europe between the 14th and 17th centuries. During such outbreaks, groups of up to thousands of people would dance uncontrollably, screaming, shouting, and claiming to have visions until they collapsed from exhaustion. Initially considered a curse sent by a saint, usually St. John the Baptist, it was called "St. John's Dance." To what do researchers now attribute the strange behavior? More...
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My familiarity is with the "Saint Vitus Dance" reference.

Mise, tá mé lán de dea-fhortún.
billkarns
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I think today its referred to as a "flash mob" -- currently this predisposition is attributed to the affected being in possession of a Twitter account...or perhaps being possessed by the Twitter account.
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Were The (medieval) Stones on the stage?
Supremo
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Could this possibly explain the Tea Party?
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@Supremo, The Boston one or the current, slightly palin' one?

@jcbarros, I always get that St. Vitus-feeling when hearing 'Jumping Jack Flash'.

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