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Joy Hooton

Joy Hooton reviews 'Spirit Wrestlers' by Thomas Shapcott

February 2005, no. 268 01 February 2005
Spirit Wrestlers takes its title from ‘Doukhobors’, the name adopted by a strict religious sect that originated in Russia and that was harshly repressed both by the tsarist state and the church. The Society of Friends, attracted by the Doukhobors’ pacifist beliefs and by their prayer meetings, which reject liturgy and are dominated by the singing of a capella psalms and hymns in Russian, pai ... (read more)