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have i mentioned how terrified i am of spiders?

Tarantula and tarantella, Athanasius Kircher
Tarantula and the musical antidote to its poison, the tarantella, from Magnes, sive de arte magnetica. 1643.
"In Taranto, the bite of a locally common type of wolf spider, named "tarantula" after the region, was popularly believed to be highly poisonous and to lead to a hysterical condition known as tarantism. The stated belief in the 16th and 17th centuries was that victims needed to engage in frenzied dancing to prevent death from tarantism using a very rhythmic and fast music. The particular type of dance and the music played became known as tarantella."

have i mentioned how terrified i am of spiders?

Tarantula and tarantella, Athanasius Kircher

Tarantula and the musical antidote to its poison, the tarantella, from Magnes, sive de arte magnetica. 1643.

"In Taranto, the bite of a locally common type of wolf spider, named "tarantula" after the region, was popularly believed to be highly poisonous and to lead to a hysterical condition known as tarantism. The stated belief in the 16th and 17th centuries was that victims needed to engage in frenzied dancing to prevent death from tarantism using a very rhythmic and fast music. The particular type of dance and the music played became known as tarantella."

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    since i am mindlessly watching about venomous things on PBS… here’s one suggestion: DANCE IT OUT!
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