Memory of Plague (was Re: diseases and immunity)

john tillinghast (vanya@leland.Stanford.EDU)
7 Jul 1996 12:01:17 -0700

I have been following this discussion of these incredibly lethal epidemics
in the New World, and they sound like events that be remembered for a long
time. (For example, in England the nursery rhyme "ring around the rosies"
is supposed to describe the effect of the Black Death -- to name a trivial
example.) So I am wondering how the affected peoples interpreted what was
happening (especially if they did not meet Europeans themselves), and how
the memory of the catastrophe was passed on in various cultures, if you
have that kind of information.



John Tillinghast
vanya@leland / john@gnomic (

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