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Wednesday, 8 November 2017

Shaker Signs



This is the mid 19th century logo for the Shakers and was an original 'spirit drawing' or 'gift drawing'.

They are representations of what the Shakers believed visions they experienced.

The bees represent ancient symbols of industriousness and represent the Shakers leadership in crafts, agriculture and pursuits in manufacturing and scientific development.

The willow tree is a symbol of bowing and bending , such as they did in their spiritual dancing, but also of the willingness to be flexible and change, and to bow to God's will and to each other in humility and forgiveness.

The fruit tree is a reminder of their productivity and how they are rooted to the earth but growing upward toward heaven.  Thus it can symbolise the Shaker church.

Below is a drawing of the Shakers dancing.  It was on the wall of their main worship hall.







Hope you found this helpful.

Shakers were a completely unique sect but the last of their members died in the last century.


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22 comments:

  1. Hi Christine.

    The painting with the dancers is very nice.

    Groettie from Patricia.

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  2. Lovely photos and interesting info.

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  3. I wasn't aware they had a dance they did together

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  4. So interesting. I like seeing the dancers in the painting.

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  5. very interesting. I wonder if you got one of those boxed lunches.

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  6. Nice signs. Love the old telephone.

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  7. Simple and beautiful are the Shaker things.
    Enjoyed all the pictures from your last post too.

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  8. Th dancing was a real surprise for me too!

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  9. Keeping things simple. I love that old phone and the holder it sits in. Lovely photos, Christine.

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  10. This is wonderful to see, Christine. I like that drawing!

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  11. The Shakers were a successful colony for a while, but there are few if any of them left. One of the things they are said to have invented is the circular saw. Interesting photos.

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  12. I guess they had true simplicity.

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  13. An interesting group of people

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  14. Would love to visit something like this.

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  15. Like the old phone and the sign!

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  16. So interesting. Great signs...

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  17. It is an interesting tour that you have shared. The illustration of them dancing was surprising to see and yet it was a form of entertainment. Thanks for sharing your visit.

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