dance of death

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dance of death

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(Art Terms) a pictorial, literary, or musical representation, current esp in the Middle Ages, of a dance in which living people, in order of social precedence, are led off to their graves, by a personification of death. Also called (French): danse macabre

Dance of death

1. Originated in the Middle Ages when it was believed that the dead rose up at night to dance over their graves, and lured people into the dance and then death. Also known as the “danse macabre.”
2. Also called “danse macabre,” an allegorical concept of the power of death over all mankind, even the most powerful. Probably inspired by the carnage of the Black Death 1346–52 and the Hundred Years’ War 1337–1453.
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Noun1.Dance of death - a medieval dance in which a skeleton representing death leads a procession of others to the gravedance of death - a medieval dance in which a skeleton representing death leads a procession of others to the grave
ceremonial dance, ritual dance, ritual dancing - a dance that is part of a religious ritual