Would you join the Danse Macabre?

The origins of the spooky Dance of Death

Stars Insider

27/09/22 | StarsInsider


In Europe in the late Middle Ages, a rather ghoulish tradition emerged—the Danse Macabre. Originating in France around 1420, the "Dance of Death" was a medieval allegorical concept of the all-conquering and equalizing power of death. As a literary or pictorial representation of a procession or dance of both living and dead figures, artists depicted people waltzing with decaying corpses and skeletons, to express their fascination with death. Murals illustrating bewildered humans being escorted to their graves by boney dance partners appeared in churches and chapels across Europe. Detailed woodcuts of the Danse Macabre filled books. Later, poetry and music would be composed based on this lurid two-step. And in the 20th century, the Dance of Death even made an appearance in cinema. And guess what! There's a town in Spain that hosts the last remaining Danse Macabre procession in Europe.

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