Day 18: Quaker Healing

Mountain Man Traditional Healing


I can’t have a blog about folk healing without talking about some of the faith healing traditions I’ve encountered over the years. One such tradition comes from my own faith, the Religious Society of Friends, more commonly known as Quakers. This faith healing tradition has deep roots that go back to the fervent Protestant movements of 16th Century England. The Religious Society of Friends was only one of several movements that emphasized a personal and direct relationship with the Divine, simple worship, and radical political reform. Friends were a wily bunch in those days, there’s one story I like to tell about 16th century Friends running naked through churches as a protest against the greed and intolerance of the Church of England at that time.

Friends also inherited a rich healing tradition, influenced in part by folk healing traditions of England that were still prevalent in the 16th century, and…

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