Graf von Kreuzigung
Two things :Ive noticed several posts mentioning dancing after being crucified. May I ask what this is? I can't imagine anyone dancing since it would be painful.
One : the condemned on the cross never finds rest or comfort, every position is painful and physically demanding. This vain search for a rest position causes an almost continuous writhing motion by the condemned.
Two : when the condemned is hanging by the arms, e.a. the arms carry the body weight. In that position, the chest muscles are blocked, preventing the condemned to breathe out. In search for air, the condemned has to push and pull the body upward, using the nails as support, so exerting a painful and exhausting motion. Standing up, the condemned can breathe normally, but this position is such an effort, that it cannot be held for long, and the body must be lowered again.
These two upward-downward and writhing motions, forced by the hanging on the cross, are generally, not without irony, named the ‘crux dance’, or dance on the cross.