Nov. 17, 2022

Episode 110 - Death and the Puritans

Episode 110 - Death and the Puritans

Jennie and Dianne delve into the spiritual beliefs of the Puritans and how those beliefs made them fear death, but also brought comfort in times of grief. We discuss how these beliefs affected their dress, daily living, death rituals and burial. These Ordinary Extraordinary were constantly preached to about death being as much a part of their life as living. As Puritan minister Cotton Matther once wrote, "Let us look upon everything as a sort of Death’s Head set before us, with a memento mortis written upon it.”


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