Early in the Dance’s development, Death and his victims would move in a slow and dignified manner, but eventually the Dance became more of an entertainment as the victims danced away with their death.
“According to the sacred myth, Attis castrated himself and died under a pine tree and even could be identified with the tree. As the pine tree was cut down in death, so also was youthful Attis cut down.”
“He did say that art is only possible as a lie. But these lies are of a special kind: they are not really intended to deceive us. Art treats illusion as illusion, so that in a sense it is sincere. Yet its truth is a surface truth.”