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n. an African-style RING DANCE in which performers (formerly naked) leap over burning coals (Bethel 1978: 124, 127); it was a frequent but forbidden public spectacle in the early 1900's, but is now considered a night-club act for tourists:1891 A form of open air dancing . . .called a "fire dance". . .no doubt a relic of their previous savage life (Stark 188). 1934 The forbidden fire dance (Bell 85). Them old people what was living down to the corner did do that— fire dance (Nassau). (Black)

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Last update: 2010-11-28 23:14
Author: Holm and Shilling, DBE, 1982
Revision: 1.0

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