Changes in Shaker Theology through Westward Expansion: An Analysis of Death Traditions

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Parrett, Sarah
Archaeological Anthropology; Social and Cultural Anthropology
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Through their expansion west into the American frontier, the religious group known as the Shakers experienced theological and cultural changes between their original New England communities and the newer established communities in the west. Two specific death traditions are examined as means to measure the changes in expressions of religiosity among two sites: Mount Lebanon, New York and Pleasant Hill, Kentucky. Higher amounts of change among religiosity represents the Shakers’ culture becoming more “worldly” opposed to remaining traditional in their cultural theologies and practices.