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devil dance

[W Car.; cf. US Black devil dancing dancing as an expression of animal spirits vs. holy dancing WSC; probably an old term: cf. Brit. dial. North devil's dancing hour midnight EDD] n.

1. a disapproving term for wakes with singing and entertainment: 1918 This "settin'-up" is observed openly by non-conformists, surreptitiously by members of the Established Church. The Church refers to the service as a "devil dance" and excommunicates those who take part in any services held before the church funeral (Parsons 87).

 2. any lively dance: Devil dance. . .beatin' drum an' scrapin' saw an dancin' (Mayag.).

Tags: dance, noun, religion

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Last update: 2011-02-12 02:03
Author: Holm and Shilling, DBE, 1982
Revision: 1.1

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