Sword Dance

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One of the three chief English dances of medieval times. It was a ritualistic and ceremonial drama danced by men with swords and elaborate costumes while parading through the streets. It depicted the death of the old year, of Winter, and of scarcity. It heralded in the new year, with hope of spring and plenty. To symbolize the death of winter, someone must always "die" and be brought to life again as a portrayal of death and resurrection.

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