sun dance

sun dance

noun
a religious ceremony associated with the sun, practiced by North American Indians of the Plains, consisting of dancing attended with various symbolic rites and commonly including self-torture.

Origin:
1840–50, Americanism

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sun dance
 
n
a North American Indian ceremony associated with the sun, performed at the summer solstice

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