Spoiler alert- Learn how mass hysteria led a town to dance itself to death.
With just the idea of demons entering their bodies and taking over their souls, one town decided to go full-on with mass hysteria and, much like twitter did, manifest this by twittering themselves to death, or dancing, in the public square. Seems.....prescient.
Medieval Europe had no shortages of super deadly disease outbreaks that could wipe out a chunk of the population without much effort. But none of them were quite as fun as the bizarre case of Frau Troffea and the dancing plague that had upwards of 400 people compulsively dancing in the streets, some even to their deaths. Today, we’re going to examine the Plague that Made People Dance Themselves to Death.