11 April 2008

Bread Kitchen at Shakertown


This is one of the most cosmic places in all of Kentucky. It's the Shaker village at Pleasant Hill. The Shakers were a religious group who believed that the end of the world was coming soon. They built communities which were beautiful and austere where they lived lives of celibacy and devotion. The interesting thing is that the men and women got together for ecstatic dances, and some of their spirit-filled movements gave them their name, Shakers. But there was no sex. They danced, but no romance was allowed. The Shaker communities were like co-ed monasteries. Predictably, they died off. Their buildings are still here, and we're still here, but the Shakers are gone.

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