Dance of lament

Dance of lament
Dance of lament

In the harsh climate of the North, where light and darkness fluctuate, the peoples live as if they were in the wilderness. For this reason, they occasionally arrange banquets to which musicians are invited so that the guests will enjoy themselves and get interested in dancing. To the rhythm of the music, they may start singing about old heroes and giants and their feats of valour. But suddenly she begin to sniff, sob and sigh, and then begins lamentation, tears and loud shouts, followed at the end by all falling to the ground. Their sorrow derives from the fact that they are completely unable to remember their great ancestors, who performed such feats of renown in protecting damsels or dethroning cruel tyrants. For this reason, these folks think that it is safer to die than to live and receive the children born with lamentation though they take part in funerals singing joyful songs. [read more: Description of the Northern Peoples, p. 206]