ghost dance

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n ghost dance a religious dance of Native Americans looking for communication with the dead
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Ghost dance 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 Ghost-dance or Messiah religion, which originated about 1890 in the doctrines of the Piute Wovoka, the Indian Messiah, who taught that the time was drawing near when the whole Indian race, the dead with the living, should be reunited to live a life of millennial happiness upon a regenerated earth. The religion inculcates peace, righteousness, and work, and holds that in good time, without warlike intervention, the oppressive white rule will be removed by the higher powers. The religion spread through a majority of the western tribes of the United States, only in the case of the Sioux, owing to local causes, leading to an outbreak.
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Usage

In literature:

There are no Ghost-Dances, because the white men keep the Evil Spirits away, and there is no need.
"The Watchers of the Plains" by Ridgewell Cullum
No wonder the redskins call that wild pageantry of color the ghost-dance of their gods.
"The Prairie Child" by Arthur Stringer
In 1899 the ghost-dancing was in progress among all the Indians of the United States.
"Trail Tales" by James David Gillilan
And then as her final choice rested on one of the ghosts, she went away with him to take her place in the lines that were forming for the dance.
"Two Little Women" by Carolyn Wells
The Cheyennes, the Shoshonis, the Arapahos, the Kiowas, the Utes, the Pai-Utes, were dancing the Ghost Dance.
"Boys' Book of Indian Warriors" by Edwin L. Sabin
The ghost danced along the creek bank.
"The Blue Ghost Mystery" by Harold Leland Goodwin
Through the months of dark, and storm, and ghostly, dancing lights, and immeasurable cold, the cub slept unstirring, and grew in his sleep.
"The Haunters of the Silences" by Charles G. D. Roberts
Back she came in the silent, swaying, ghostly dance.
"Rewards and Fairies" by Rudyard Kipling
And it was good to watch the ghostly dances of the northern lights fill the whole sky with music visible.
"A Man in the Open" by Roger Pocock
There will be, oh so many ghosts to dance about your grave, and perhaps I will come, too.
"Zula" by H. Esselstyn Lindley
Talked the great White Father and the Ghost dance and the Bad Agent.
"Held for Orders" by Frank H. Spearman
They were waiting for five more girls and were going to have a spread and a ghost dance.
"Back at School with the Tucker Twins" by Nell Speed
The ghostly piper began at once to play an unearthly dance-tune, so wild and maddening that it made all the hearers tremble.
"The Diamond Fairy Book" by Various
The marionette dance of death of these ghostly visitants is as fine a bit of word-painting as can be found any where.
"Oscar Wilde" by Leonard Cresswell Ingleby
He repeated the same chant, and the ghosts all rejoiced and laughed, and Laka leaped to his side and danced before him.
"Legends of Gods and Ghosts (Hawaiian Mythology)" by W. D. (William Drake) Westervelt
The aurora borealis is a body of dancing spirits, or rather ghosts of the departed.
"The American Indians" by Henry R. Schoolcraft
The aurora borealis is a body of dancing spirits, or rather ghosts of the departed.
"Western Scenes and Reminiscences" by Henry Rowe Schoolcraft
Black shadows danced along the ghostly walls.
"The Hill of Venus" by Nathan Gallizier
The aurora borealis is a body of dancing spirits, or rather ghosts of the departed.
"The Indian in his Wigwam" by Henry R. Schoolcraft
They allers ghost-dance an' go pirootin' 'round eediotic that a-way.
"The Sunset Trail" by Alfred Henry Lewis
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In poetry:

Your feet were dancing, Alice,
Seemed to dance on air,
You looked a ghost or angel
In the starlight there.
"A Frostry Night" by Robert Graves
And then, as I stood and listened,
The music lost its glee;
And instead of the merry waltzers
There were ghosts of the Used-to-be—
Ghosts of the pleasure-seekers
Who once had danced with me.
"The Phantom Ball" by Ella Wheeler Wilcox
Another dance the dancers spin,
A shadow-dance of mystic pain,
And other partners enter in
And dance within my lonely brain—
The swaying woodland shod in green,
The ghostly dancers of the rain;
"The Lonely Dancer" by Richard Le Gallienne
Slim little elves dance gently on each taper,
Wistful, small ghosts steal out of shrouded
corners —
And, like a line of vague enchanted mourners,
Great shadows sway like wind-blown sheets of paper.
"Preface" by Margaret Elizabeth Sangster
All Hallows Eve — when dreams do rule on earth!
All Hallows Eve — O the feasting and the mirth!
Ah, leave the loud laughter and the dance and din,
Set the door upon the latch and let the ghosts in.
"Hallowe'en" by Cicely Fox Smith
Woe to him, that she whose glances
Won the king on Denmark's shore,
Evil, beautiful, imperious,
Born where wheel the grisly dances
Through the glen of ghosts mysterious,
Love's first passion for him bore.
"Preface To Diarmid's Story" by John Douglas Sutherland Campbell

In news:

Placenames in Southern Illinois are often flowery and imaginative, such as Ghost Dance Canyon, Indian Kitchen, or Devil's Standtable.
The only dance I know how to do is a waltz: You just hold your partner at a respectable distance – leave room for the Holy Ghost – and then you walk around in a square pattern.
THE steam from four outdoor lobster pots rose toward the blue sky and danced like happy ghosts in a balsam-scented breeze over Mount Desert Island, Me.
Enjoy a night of spooky fun this Halloween up in the Parkview- the Blackbird 's 2nd-floor wine bar from 5-10pm DJ Josh Crabtree will be spinning dance tunes for ghosts and witches, zombie hunters and Girl Fridays beginning at 8pm.
Josh Garrett-Davis, author of the new book Ghost Dances: Proving Up on the Great Plains , joined us to share his story of growing up in South Dakota, his parents divorce, and spending time in Portland.
It could be that I saw "Dirty Dancing" and "Ghost" a million times(well maybe not a million but at least a half dozen).
When ghost children started dancing, my skepticism flew out the window.
Thai revelers dressed in ghost costumes dance along Bangkok's famous backpacker paradise Kao San Road on Halloween night.
The 50-year-old Ghost star and art heir Vito Schnabel, 26, were "dancing and grinding all over each other" at Naomi Campbell 's recent 50th birthday party for her billionaire Vladimir Doronin in Jodhpur, India, insiders told the NY Post.
The star of "Dirty Dancing" and "Ghost" managed to film the television series "The Beast" and write his memoirs while battling cancer.
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