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Dance of Death or Danse Macabre- A Representative or scene in medieval
art and literature stressing Death’s power over man. Death usually takes form of
a skeleton leading people of all classes, rich and poor alike, in a dance to the
grave.

Goethe and W.H. Auden are among the poets who have written verse
interpretations of the Dance of Death.

An unexplained hysteria, called dance mania, seized Europe in the 11th century.
At festivals and funerals people danced frenziedly in churchyards in efforts to
communicate with the dead. When dancers would not stop at the command of a
priest according to legend, he would curse them to dance all year. The dance
curse inspired Hans Christian Anderson’s fairy tale, Red Shoes. Another fairy
tale, Sleeping Beauty, is derived form a Hungarian funeral dance in which one
person pretends to die and is kissed back to life.
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