Monday, October 5


Cistercian Comedy

On Cistercian sign-language:

"That sign language was abused is not in doubt. It is not difficult to create new signs for new circumstances, and the various proscriptions issued at various times by the General Chapter make it abundantly clear that sign language was also being used for joking and idle conversation. The repetition of these proscriptions would also seem to indicate that the views of the General Chapter were not always heeded."

--Terryl N. Kinder, Cistercian Europe: Architecture of Contemplation, p. 59

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