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danse macabre, dance of death(noun)
a medieval dance in which a skeleton representing death leads a procession of others to the grave
Also known as Dance of Death, a conventional subject in art, literature and drama, or a particular work in that style, in which death (in the form of a putrid corpse, skeleton, personified Death i.e. the Grim Reaper, or similar) is shown leading people of all social ranks (high and low) to the grave. It shows that whatever people may have in life, death comes to everybody alike, irrespective of their age, status ,or wealth or power.
Dance of Death, also variously called Danse Macabre, Danza de la Muerte, Danza Macabra, Dança da Morte, Totentanz, Dodendans, Surmatants, Dansa de la Mort is an artistic genre of late-medieval allegory on the universality of death: no matter one's station in life, the Dance of Death unites all. The Danse Macabre consists of the dead or personified Death summoning representatives from all walks of life to dance along to the grave, typically with a pope, emperor, king, child, and labourer. They were produced to remind people of the fragility of their lives and how vain were the glories of earthly life. Its origins are postulated from illustrated sermon texts; the earliest recorded visual scheme was a now lost mural in the Saints Innocents Cemetery in Paris dating from 1424–25.
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