Shaken, not Stirred

The name “Shakers” comes from the practice of shaking out evil. They shook their bodies and hands to rid themselves of evil. Initially called “Shaking Quakers,” the name was shortened to “Shakers,” though their full name is United Society of Believers in Christ’s Second Appearing.

Who were the Shakers? I had no idea they held to such strange doctrines. Ann Lee as the second appearing of Christ? These folk religious organizations are seldom as innocuous as they seem.


  1. Dave Nat says:

    Strange doctrines, but great furniture. There are a few Shaker villages in upstate NY and nearby Mass., and those people had some great craftsmanship. There’s a round stone barn at the Hancock, Mass Shaker Village that has gotten much architectural acclaim.

  2. Kyriosity says:

    They had some nice songs, too.

  3. Tom says:

    The Shaker community at SabbathDay Lake, Maine (the last active Shaker community) has a website describing their beliefs in their own words. They certainly do differ significantly from mainstream Christianity, but that library entry you cited appears to be a bit of a caricature.