Game and the Puritans

The regularization and marketing of gambling have intended to curb unwanted side effects of gambling without condemning the practice itself.However, they contended that the game was not only sinful in itself, but also served as a “doore and window” in all sorts of ungodly behavior.

Moreover, while most English naturally followed the nobility in deriving encouragement to play from the emerging economic culture, the Puritans understood the ideas of capitalism in a self-denying and therefore more self-righteous, way of to think.

Their perspective came to be identified with “urban bourgeoisie”.

Saints associated diversions that involved betting with both pagan ungodliness and idleness. In England, the Puritans objected to popular recreations as a game because they violated Sabbatarian principles.

The Sins as the game were doubly condemned because they profaned the day of the Lord.

The Puritans argued that an introspective abstinence from both play and work would be the best method of eliminating ungodly diversions on the Sabbath.

In the distinctive blend of the saints of capitalism and Calvinism, the obverse of keeping sacred Sundays, of course, was to work attentively the other six days of the pagan-like days and holidays of the saints who appeared on traditional Catholic calendars.

They held the May-games especially in the strong contempt, not only for their annual idleness, it also aims for the drunkenness and bastardy which he called to deal with the saturnalia and bacchanalia of ancient Rome.

Likewise, the Puritans’ aversion to celebrating Christmas was undoubtedly stiffened by playing that with the legal penalty flourished during the Yuletide.

The American frontier constituted the best environment, he believed, to realize the ideals that could hardly be realized clearly in England.

Indeed, the lack of successful Puritans in changing homeland can help explain why in such New England cities as Plymouth and Boston, so vigilant proved colonizers to protect their exemplary establishments in the new world.

The Puritan indictment of traditional recreations was carried across the Atlantic and served with a vengeance at the mare’s stand. The Thomas Morton company has threatened the Saints as a rival claimant to the territory in New England, as a supplier of arms to local Indians and as a top competitor in the fur trade, but the renegade plantation has also offended the puritan notions of leisure and recreation.

In 1627, Morton and his young, solo male followers claimed an annual holiday on the first day of May, erected a maypole to celebrate the founding of the Mount of Mount and asked nearby Indians, especially women, to join the festivities.

In sum, Morton’s body of adventurers proposed to resurrect the traditional English festivities of May Day, full with all sorts of promiscuous enjoy, in North America.

By transplanting a pagan celebration to the new pristine world and inviting the heathen natives, who were known to the saints as unrepentant gamblers, Morton and his followers defied all puritan strictures upon play.

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