Brunell 3 plots like this helped cure the hearts of parents and loved ones.
This “fairy tale” created a
dramatic story to entertain the cen
ter of everyone’s lives, death. There have been many stories of
parents describing the pain of losing a child. It is reported that it is much harder to lose a childthan to lose anyone else in your life. Children are such a precious gift given to each parent. Oncea treasured offspring is taken from this world, an individual is not the same. Because of the painof such loss, people cured the pain by making reality into a fairy tale, a fairy tale of a serious,heart-breaking dance epidemic.
St. Vitus’ Dance is an informal name for Sydenham chorea. According to a
n A.D.A.M.Disclaimer, Sydenham chorea happens when there are
“Jerky, uncontrollable, and purposeless
movements that look like twitches. There is a loss of motor control, loss of emotional control
with bout of inappropriate crying or laughing, and symptoms of rheumatic fever.”
This is not atheory or a situation that we assumed happened, but reality. This disease happens in our day andage. In the late Middle Ages, people with this terrible disease traveled to the St. Vitus Chapel to be cured. It is reported that if they refused, they would be excommunicated from the church.Because of the twitching symptoms of Sydenham chorea, many thought that traveling to the
patron saint of dancers and actors, St. Vitus, would cure this “dance epidemic”. It is very
interesting how people of the Middle Ages and people of modern day think so differently.Because of our advancement in medicine, individuals today are able to take an antibiotic to getrid of this disease. In the late Middle Ages, we are not sure if individuals were cured from thisdisease they thought to be a dance.
Although it is something that happens today, we don’t hear itvery often. However, the St. Vitus’ Dance was considered a famous dance epidemic in the