In the medieval era, Europe was hit by a series of mysterious dance epidemics, with the worst one happening in 1518. For two months, residents of Strasbourg danced manically in the town’s square, unable to stop and slowly dancing themselves to death.
The Dancing Plague of 1518
May 28, 2021
Hundreds of years ago, medieval Europe was hit by a series of mysterious dancing epidemics. The largest and most intense one happened in 1518 in the French city of Strasbourg, when hundreds of city residents danced for two months, unable to stop. After two months, and after dozens of people danced themselves to death, the dancing just stopped – and no one had any idea what the hell just happened.
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Whoa, talk about weird! WTF?!
I had heard about this years ago… and am still stunned by it.