Dance of death (Fr. danse macabre; Ger. Totentanz)
- Malcolm Boyd
A medieval and Renaissance symbolic representation of death as a skeleton (or a procession of skeletons) leading the living to the grave; in more recent times a dance supposedly performed by skeletons, usually in a graveyard. The 14th-century epidemics of bubonic plague in Europe are generally thought to have influenced the creation of the dance of death, but its literary origins can be traced at least as far back as the ...