Decoration, Devotion, and Discipline in Spiritual Labyrinths
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“Decoration, Devotion, and Discipline in Spiritual Labyrinths” takes an in depth look at the special collections spiritual labyrinth from 1785. This specific artifact from the Special Collections is the primary topic of this paper. In addition, this research looks compares this primary document with similar artifacts from the Metropolitan Museum of Art. To understand this object from the special collections, I use formal analysis and religious studies theories incorporating scholars like Robert Orsi and Michel Foucault to argue the power of material objects to control and to discipline. Combining various methods to read this object from a literal and theoretical stance allows for an intimate and thorough approach to this Spiritual Labyrinth. This paper discusses semiotic symbolism to argue the importance of this object for the community, historical printing methods to illuminate the laborious act of organizing a labyrinth, and eighteenth century Ephrata customs to paint a full picture of this artifact.