The Ritual of the Crane Dance Curse in Irish mythology.
I was most intrigued when researching the Mythological Cycle of Irish mythology, I came across a reference to a strange rite performed by Lugh, God of Lightning, prior to the Second Battle of Moytura.
Lugh was heartening the men of Ireland that they should fight the battle fervently so that they should not be any longer in bondage. For it was better for them to find death in protecting their fatherland than to bide under bondage and tribute as they had been. Wherefore then Lugh sang this chant below, as he went round the men of Erin, on one foot and with one eye closed.
Here is a translation of the poem (known as a roscanna) which he is said to have recited. Note that there are various versions, and this is just one of them.
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