ghost dance

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noun

a ritual dance intended to establish communion with the dead, especially such a dance as performed by various messianic western American Indian cults in the late 19th century.

Origin of ghost dance

An Americanism dating back to 1885–90
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ghost dance


noun

a religious dance of certain North American Indians, connected with a political movement (from about 1888) that looked to reunion with the dead and a return to an idealized state of affairs before Europeans came
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