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Arts and Amusement

Activities Banned by the Puritans:


Horse Racing, cock-fighting and bear baiting
Any gathering of people without permission
Drunkenness and swearing
Theatre going, dancing and singing
Games and sports on Sundays even going for a walk
Gambling
Visiting brothels
Many public houses were also closed down


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Puritan Life Style :


All amusement is serious work. A drawing-room entertainment meant hard work for servants. The Puritans` life style was very strict and most of thier amusing activities were considered a sin. If the Puritans were caught doing any of those activities they would be severly punished.

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Church officials generally stated that the theatre contains violent and vile actions that encourage sexual immorality and impure actions, but still royalty faithfully agreed to their favorite playwrights and actors.


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Dancing
  • Puritans liked recreation and dancing got special attention from the orthodox
  • Dancing is allowed at rare occasions
  • An older person dancing with someone younger is also considered a sin, and is not tolerated

Alcohol
  • The court ordered that no one that owns a resturant can sell alcohol because of the past abuses

Gaming
  • No person is allowed to play games of shuffle-board, bowling, or any other game in their house because these entertainment took peoples time when they should be working.
  • If people are caught playing these games, they will be punished by getting beaten




Cites

http://www.historyonthenet.com/Stuarts/puritans.htm
http://www.oldandsold.com/articles34/universe-27.shtml



Books

Axtell, James. The American People in Colonial New England. West Haven, Conn.: Pendulum, 1973. Print.