National Geographic : 1970 Dec
"Christmas 1800" returns to Salem as bandsmen fill the crisp December night with "Joy to the proprietors. Society was divided into groups, or choirs, according to age, sex, and marital status: little children, older boys, older girls, the adult single brothers, the single sisters, the married men and women, the widowers, and the widows. The single sisters and the single brothers lived in separate communal houses (above). Fun and worship as well as work were often conducted by choirs, and when members died, and were laid in God's 820 Acre, they were buried not in earthly families but in their proper choirs. Even in marriage, the church polled divine will through a curious device-the lot (page 828). All important questions were decided by drawing one of three hollow reeds from a wooden bowl. One reed held "Ja,"one "Nein," and the third was blank, meaning the ques tion was premature or needed rephrasing. The lot developed out of the Moravians'