Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Shaker Life, Work, and Art

Author: June Sprigg and David Larkin
Stars: 3
Review by: Mandy Apgar

An examination of the Shaker group - its origins, founders, where they still are today (yes, they do exist), their means of making their livelihood, devotion to their faith, and art techniques. What started off as a small, originally kinda Quaker organization mushroomed to thousands of followers generations ago but time and a key devotion to the faith - chastity - limited the amount of those born and raised into it, eventually reducing the amount of converts as time went on. I did like the founders' quote "there is no dirt in Heaven" not only for itself but as an explanation of what some have termed an extreme devotion to cleanliness in the society.

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