Shaker's Village on Pleasant Hill
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This day i went visiting an abandoned (and now converted into museum) village that belonged to a christian sect called "The shakers". They are a derivation from the "quakers" with the difference that the shakers were a lot more expressive on their religious services. Some of their dances involved "shaking" their dresses, as a symbol of getting rid of sin. That's why eventually, they adopted this name, but originally they called themselves "The believers".
Their religious practices including devotion to work (labor was a form of praise), bible study and a strict observation of celibacy. Men and women occupated different sections of the house and were not allowed to talk to each other, except during the meetings. If a man and a woman were married before joining the shakers, they would split and become brother and sister with the rest of the group.
The music the shakers used for service was a capella, since they thought the human voice was the only perfect instrument, because it was created by God. We had a demonstration of their songs, by one of the ladies in charge of the place, she has a beautiful voice. Later, we went to see the main house, where you can see how the house is split in two: the men and the women sides.
After the walk inside the house, we attended a sheep shearing demonstration. The sir who did the demo was an expert in this and did not hurt the sheep at all. He said he could do up to 15-20 sheep an hour!
Overall, the village was very beautiful... all green and peaceful. I started to wonder how is it that these people lived back in those days. Probably life was so much better, without all stress... but then again, I think about all these impositive rules they had in this community and makes me wonder if I wouldn't wanna run away as fast as I could... I don't know, but it's alwasy very impressive to get to know the way of life of people from other times and other beliefs... it's touching.