Love Parade im Mittelalter: Dancing Plaques, 1374

Im tiefsten Spätmittelalter wurden weite Teile von Nord-Frankreich und den Niederlanden von einer Tanz-Plage heimgesucht und hunderte Leute tanzten tagelang mit blutenden Füßen. Wait, what?

The year was 1374. In dozens of medieval towns scattered along the valley of the River Rhine hundreds of people were seized by an agonising compulsion to dance. Scarcely pausing to rest or eat, they danced for hours or even days in succession. They were victims of one of the strangest afflictions in Western history. Within weeks the mania had engulfed large areas of north-eastern France and the Netherlands, and only after several months did the epidemic subside. In the following century there were only a few isolated outbreaks of compulsive dancing. Then it reappeared, explosively, in the city of Strasbourg in 1518. Chronicles indicate that it then consumed about 400 men, women and children, causing dozens of deaths (Waller, 2008).

Dancing plagues and mass hysteria (via BoingBoing)

Meine Erklärung wäre ja irgendeine Substanz, die auf irgendeinem natürlichen Weg in den Rhein gelangt ist. Vielleicht haben mittelalterliche Pilzsammler vergammelte Pfifferlinge in den Rhein gekippt und die Leute sind ausgeflippt. Vielleicht spielten aber auch einfach nur Santogold auf einem Festival:


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