The BBC has produced a short documentary on the the Oneida Community. Founded by John Humphrey Noyes, the community’s ethos was based in the belief that Jesus’ Second Coming had happened in 70AD and that the Kingdom of God on Earth had been established … but still needed to be rendered fully functional, a task they dedicated themselves too. The community practiced communism and polyamory. It was part of a utopia movement with a decisive mystical undercurrent that likely had a large impact on the magical orders that arose during that time like the Hermetic Brotherhood of Luxor and those that followed including the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn, Ordo Templi Orientis, etc. And YES – at a certain point the community sought to support itself by the manufacture of silverware bearing its name, which is still being produced.
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