A forgotten plague: making sense of dancing mania

  title={A forgotten plague: making sense of dancing mania},
  author={J. Waller},
  journal={The Lancet},
  • J. Waller
  • Published 2009
  • History, Medicine
  • The Lancet
624 www.thelancet.com Vol 373 February 21, 2009 On Christmas Eve in 1021, 18 people gathered outside a church in the German town of Kölbigk and danced with wild abandon. The priest, unable to perform Mass because of the irreverent din from outside, ordered them to stop. Ignoring him, they held hands and danced a “ring dance of sin”, clapping, leaping, and chanting in unison. The enraged priest, recorded a local chronicler, cursed them to dance for an entire year as a punishment for their… Expand