Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Church of nude protest

THE DOUKHOBORS, OR “spirit wrestlers,” were a semi-mystical Christian sect founded in the late 18th century in Russia. (They later emigrated to Canada.) According to “Man, Myth & Magic: the Illustrated Encyclopedia of Mythology, Religion and the Unknown,” one of the Doukhobors’ favorite means of political protest against military conscription was “stripping off their clothes” at political meetings.

“Despite their professed pacifism, the sect has resorted to acts of sabotage, including mass protests in the nude when their beliefs bring them into open conflict with the government; on occasion the Royal Canadian Mounted Police has successfully dealt with the latter form of protest by the use of itching powder.”

Could it be they inspired the 77's song "Pray Naked"?

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