The Mystery Box
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The Mystery Box

The Dancing Plague of the Middle Ages

For centuries, crowds of people danced to death

Dancing Plague | Adaptation of 18th Century Painting

In 1237, something eerie happened in the German town of Erfurt. A large group of children spontaneously started dancing and, in a state of trance, jumped and danced their way to Arnstadt, a city 20km (12 miles) away.

Around the same time, a legend was born in the far-away town Hamelin. It was…

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