Blogging Bi Day, Dance by Night

All things Bi, Dance and random musings for our edification

What was: “Love gone insane…A form of nervous degeneracy…Positively indecent…Lascivious orgy…The New Paganism…”?

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A century ago church leaders (Protestants , Jewish, Roman Catholic)  condemned the dancing of the tango in New York state (and presumably elsewhere) as a threat to civilization as we know it.

Below some excepts from the Spanish Bible that I love. Enjoy!

“Oh, base,  lowborn, wretched, rude, ignorant, foul-mouthed, ill-spoken, slanderous, insolent varlet! You have dared to speak such words in my presence and in the presence of these distinguished ladies, dared to fill your befuddled imagination with such vileness and effrontery?  Leave my presence, unholy monster, repository of lies, stronghold of falsehoods, storehouse of deceits, inventor of iniquities, promulgator of insolence, enemy of the decorum owed to these royal persons. Go, do not appear before me under pain of my wrath.”

Miguel De Cervantes:  Don Quixote, First Part, Chapter XLVI

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“Don Quixote laughed when he heard these words and said very calmly;

‘Come, lowborn and filthy creatures, you call it highway robbery to free those in chains, to give liberty to the imprisoned, to assist the wretched, raise up the fallen, succour the needy? Ah, vile rabble, your low and base intelligence does not deserve to have heaven communicate to you the great worth of knight errantry, or allow you to understand the sin and ignorance into which you have fallen when you do not reverence the shadow, let alone the actual presence, of any knight errant. Come,  you brotherhood of thieves, you highway robbers sanctioned by the Holy Brotherhood, come and tell me who was the fool who signed an arrest warrant against such a night as I? Who was the dolt who did not know that knights errant are exempt from all jurisdictional authority, or was unaware that their law is their sword, their edicts their courage, their statutes their will? Who was the imbecile, I say, who did not know that there is no patent of nobility with as many privileges and immunities as those acquired by knight errant on the day he is dubbed a knight and dedicates himself to the rigorous practice of chivalry? What knight errant event paid a tax, a duty, a queen’s levy, a tribute,  a tariff, or a toll? What tailor ever received payment from him for the clothes he sewed? What castellan welcomed him to this castle and then asked him to pay the cost? What king has not sat him at his table? What damsel has not loved him and given herself over to his will and desire? And , finally, what knight errant ever was, is, or will be in the world who does not have the courage to single handedly deliver 400 blows to 400 brotherhoods if they presume to oppose him?”

First Part, Chapter  XLV

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