Ghost dance

Definition of Ghost dance

Ghost-dance, orMessiah, religion, which originated about 1890 in the doctrines of the PiuteWovoka, the IndianMessiah, who taught that the time was drawingnear when the wholeIndianrace, the dead with the living, should be reunited to live a life of millennialhappinessupon a regeneratedearth. The religioninculcatespeace, righteousness, and work, and holds that in good time, withoutwarlikeintervention, the oppressivewhiterule will be removed by the higherpowers. The religionspreadthrough a majority of the westerntribes of the UnitedStates, only in the case of the Sioux, owing to localcauses, leading to an outbreak.
1.A religious dance of the North American Indians, participated in by both sexes, and looked upon as a rite of invocation the purpose of which is, through trance and vision, to bring the dancer into communion with the unseen world and the spirits of departed friends. The dance is the chief rite of the

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ceremonial dance, ritual dance, ritual dancing
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