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According to this Wikipedia article, the bodily movements you describe were first noted during the First Great Awakening in the 18th Century, in Protestant Europe and the British colonies.


That behavior is generally tied to the receiving of "gifts" from the Holy Spirit, as it is the kind of thing a person naturally needs to do to get attention during a service when The Spirit has taken hold and the recipient is thus unable to communicate normally. This is in fact very old behavior, although modern Pentecostals have been the main ...

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