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The Shakers, more properly known as "The United Society of Believers in Christ’s Second Appearing", is a religious sect originally thought to be a development of the Protestant Quakers. Founded upon the teachings of Ann Lee , the group was known for their emphasis on social equality and celibacy, which led to their precipitous decline in numbers after their heavy involvement in the running of orphanages was curtailed. With few surviving members, Shakers today are mostly known for their cultural contributions especially in style where their belief that objects which fulfill their function well will also look attractive - "form follows function" - is still highly regarded today.