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Plain women : gender and ritual in the Old Order River Brethren

Author: Margaret C Reynolds; Simon J Bronner
Publisher: University Park, Pa. : Pennsylvania State University Press, ©2001.
Series: Publications of the Pennsylvania German Society (2001), v. 34.; Publications of the Pennsylvania German Society (2001)., Pennsylvania German history and culture series ;, no. 1.
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"Despite the great interest in "plain" groups in recent years, comparatively little has been written about women and the particular role they play in preserving traditional religious and cultural values in the modern world. In Plain Women, Margaret C. Reynolds portrays the women of the Old Order River Brethren, a significant branch of the Brethren in Christ located mainly in Pennsylvania." "The members of this  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Margaret C Reynolds; Simon J Bronner
ISBN: 0271021381 9780271021386
OCLC Number: 46538532
Description: xii, 192 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm.
Contents: Introduction --
"Be ye separate" : the history, religion, and society of the Old Order River Brethren --
Coverings for the body : the symbolism of Plain women's dress --
From commune to commerce : kitchen traditions and enterprise --
Women's devotion and the breadmaking ritual.
Series Title: Publications of the Pennsylvania German Society (2001), v. 34.; Publications of the Pennsylvania German Society (2001)., Pennsylvania German history and culture series ;, no. 1.
Responsibility: Margaret C. Reynolds ; edited, with a foreword, by Simon J. Bronner.
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Tn this text the author portrays the women of the Old Order River Brethren, a branch of the Brethren in Christ located mainly in Pennsylvania, USA. The text looks at their roles in preseving the  Read more...

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