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Trivia Diane J DJ Lost dianejmsn@hotmail.com RS,

apparently what you have heard is true. Here's what I have been able to dig up on that subject...

Italy was afflicted with tarantism, an epidemic presumably caused by the bite of venomous spiders. Its effects had to be counteracted by distributing the poison over the whole body and "sweating it out," which was accomplished by dancing to a special kind of music, the tarantella. (encyclopedia britanica)

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Tarantalla, is a traditional Italian dance meant to discharge the poison from a tarantula bite.

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The legend of the Tarantella explains that this energetic dance was originated when people bitten by the trantula spider danced and danced until they threw off the poison from the sting

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Popular native dance of Southern Italy, it is built in 6/8 "abbastanza mosso tempo ", it is executed by couples of dancers who play cartanets or tambourines while dancing. It represents an enblem of southern colour and " Mediterranean vitality. The name Tarantella derives from the name of an insect: the Tarantula. In fact a person bitten by Tarantula for the pain begins jumping: this is the first step of the Tarantella dance. Others think this dance was born as "courtship dance". The steps of the dancer seem to express his love for the girl who is dancing with him.

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