People Danced Themselves to Death During the Dancing Plague of 1518

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Dancing mania by Pieter Breughel the Younger, shows the dancing frenzy which often affected medieval Europe. Image source: Wikimedia Commons.

Frau Troffea, a housewife in Strasbourg, burst into a spontaneous dance on a hot summer day in July 1518. She kept dancing although there was no music, much to the amusement of her neighbors and the annoyance of her husband.



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