Shaker's Village on Pleasant Hill

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The main house in Pleasant Hill

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.

Lady does a shaker song in Pleasant Hill

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.

montecarlostar says:
Yes, it's sort of a unexplainable way of living... I was very impressed by everything I saw... I don't think I would like to be one either, but the experience of being there was very interesting.
Posted on: May 05, 2009
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The main house in Pleasant Hill
The main house in Pleasant Hill
Lady does a shaker song in Pleasa…
The road to Pleasant Hill
The road to Pleasant Hill
The road to Pleasant Hill
The road to Pleasant Hill
The main entrance
The main entrance
Water house
Water house
Water house inside
Water house inside
The bath house
The bath house
Shakers dancing!
Shaker's dancing!
Notice the two stairs... one for s…
Notice the two stairs... one for …
The kitchen
The kitchen
The dining room... again, one side…
The dining room... again, one sid…
The spiral stair
The spiral stair
The spiral stair
The spiral stair
Peeling some sheep!
Peeling some sheep!
Peeling some sheep!
Peeling some sheep!
Peeling some sheep!
Peeling some sheep!
Peeling some sheep!
Peeling some sheep!
Some spring blossom!
Some spring blossom!
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