Get To Know More About The Amazing Culture Of The Amish People!

Published on 04/06/2021
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If you live in the Midwest, specifically Pennsylvania, you are likely familiar with the Amish culture. This religious community generally avoids modern-day rituals. They are a really lovely group, but they prefer to keep their lives private, so little is known about them. They also have fascinating customs that will astound you! We’ve assembled a list of facts for you to find out.

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These Incredible Facts About Amish Culture Will Educate You In The Best Way

What Car?

You won’t find many drivers in Amish communities. Many Amish people would move by horse and carriage since they are renowned for their aversion to modern technology. The use of technology is forbidden by religious rules, which explains this trend. The Amish are allowed to ride in modern vehicles but not to drive them.

What Car@

What Car?

Beards

While an older Amish man with a long beard is not unusual, mustaches are uncommon. Mustaches are frowned upon, but beards are acceptable since men in the Bible sported them often. As a result, seeing an Amish man with a large beard isn’t surprising.

Beards

Beards

Believer’s Baptism

“Believer’s baptism,” which is basically a baptism for those reaching adulthood, is a traditional Amish procedure. Since it is believed that faith cannot arise until the age of accountability, a believer’s baptism is sometimes referred to as adult baptism. When a child reaches the period that they may earnestly confess their faith, they are often baptized as believers. Anabaptism, a Christian movement, gave rise to this belief.

Believer's Baptism

Believer’s Baptism

Special Protocol

The Ordnung is a collection of rules that regulate the social elements that are forbidden. The Ordnung laws regulate everything from clothing to technology to schooling. The term “command” or “discipline” is derived from a German word. Since there is no central church government among the Amish, each assembly is autonomous and governs itself.

Special Protocol

Special Protocol

Local Autonomy

Since there is no organized religious government, each church is free to alter the Ordnung as they see fit. Since they have this ability, each Amish group can have its own set of laws. Some cultures have more stringent rules than others.

Local Autonomy

Local Autonomy

Rumspringa

When Amish children reach puberty, they usually participate in Rumspringa, a rite of passage that helps them to experience the modern world. Some Amish teens are allowed to leave their families to partake in activities that are usually forbidden at home.

Rumspringa

Rumspringa

Normal Marriages

Contrary to popular belief, arranged marriages do not exist in the Amish community. The majority of Amish marriages are formed through society’s traditional dating and courtship processes. When it comes to choosing a wedding partner, there are no arranged marriages with parents or other mediators. Young people who wish to be baptized into a particular Amish affiliation (usually the one in which they grew up) must marry within that group.

Normal Marriages

Normal Marriages

Multiple Languages

Not one but three languages are covered in Amish education! Students are taught English, German, and Pennsylvania Dutch/German from an early age. These languages are also spoken in the nations, so expect to hear one of these three if you visit anytime soon.

Multiple Languages

Multiple Languages

Wedding Season

After the harvest season and communions, which usually take place in October, the majority of Amish weddings take place. As a result, the bulk of weddings take place in November and December, late in the fall season. That isn’t a very long wedding season.

Wedding Season

Wedding Season

Healthy

Amish culture has a fascinating rule that seems to have enhanced community wellbeing. They have a zero-tolerance policy for alcohol and smoking, and statistics indicate that they have a cancer rate that is 40% lower than the rest of the world. Given the advantages, maybe more people should follow this lead!

Healthy

Healthy

Fashion

Clothing shopping for the Amish must be relatively simple due to the restrictions and emphasis on modesty. They don’t wear bright colors or patterns, and their clothes are mainly simple colors and designs from the 1700s, allowing you to mix and match any of their outfits!

Fashion

Fashion

Origins

The first Amish families came to America in 1693, fleeing religious persecution in Europe. They chose Pennsylvania as their home because of the state’s respect for religious freedoms. This is a wise decision since they are all alive and well today, openly expressing their convictions!

Origins

Origins

Sleeping Together Before Marriage

Unlike other religious groups, the Amish allow couples to share a bed before getting married. The only stipulation is that they must be fully dressed and talk when lying in bed. This is a way for them to reinforce their bond before they marry.

Sleeping Together Before Marriage

Sleeping Together Before Marriage

Tax Rule

It turns out that the Amish pay the same federal and state taxes as the rest of the country. On the other hand, the Amish is said to not pay Social Security taxes and therefore do not receive compensation.

Tax Rule

Tax Rule

The Largest Amish Population

People may believe that since the founding family came from Pennsylvania, the state has the largest Amish population, but this does not appear to be the case. In fact, if you move a few hundred miles west of Pennsylvania, you’ll find Ohio, a state that outnumbers Pennsylvania by a few hundred.

The Largest Amish Population

The Largest Amish Population

Short Education

The Amish are well-known for their educational methods. Amish children also attend one- or two-room private schools. Many Amish children who receive their education in most private institutions drop out after the eighth grade. After their senior year of high school, some of them go straight into the workforce.

Short Education

Short Education

Right To Vote

Amish people are permitted to vote in US elections, but it is not normal for them to do so. According to one study, only about 15% of Amish voters cast their ballots. Despite their lack of success, a small number of people still vote.

Right To Vote

Right To Vote

Loyal Peacemakers

The Amish religion is predominantly pacifist, rejecting conflict and placing a high priority on repentance. The Amish refuse to serve in the military or support the death penalty for religious reasons. The Amish are pacifists who claim to obey Jesus’ order to love those who hate you. The Amish despise all forms of violence.

Loyal Peacemakers

Loyal Peacemakers

Unique Toys

Faceless dolls are often offered to young Amish children as a toy. The expressionless, blank faces discourage pride and vanity. The dolls are faceless because “all are alike in God’s view,” according to a 2007 sociological report, and the lack of facial features complies with the Bible’s prohibition against graven images. The majority of Amish doll makers kept their identities secret.

Unique Toys

Unique Toys

Acapella

Since they believe it is a means of self-expression that would lead to feelings of dominance and pride, Amish people do not play musical instruments. Amish church songs are based on the Ausbund, a High German songbook with no musical notation.

Acapella

Acapella

A Computer For The Amish

There was, believe it or not, a computer built specifically for Amish communities. Internet access and video and music playback aren’t available on the Deskmate word processor. The computer can handle basic word processing, spreadsheets, and accounting. The Deskmate would not violate any long-standing Amish traditions since some (but not all) Amish use equipment that can only be used for industry.

A Computer For The Amish

A Computer For The Amish

Growing Population

In 1920, there were about 5,000 Amish in the United States. In today’s money, that number equates to 300,000. Furthermore, much of the growth occurred in the last three decades, when the Amish population was just 84,000 in 1984. The increase is attributed to the belief that God needs larger families and the more realistic problem of expanding their farm workforce.

Growing Population

Growing Population

Strict Guidelines For Clothes

By definition, Amish clothing is plain. While some sects accommodate muted colors, the majority of sects dress in black and white. Because of the potential for ostentation and decoration, buttons, zippers, and velcro, in addition to color, are generally frowned upon and avoided. Pins or hook-and-eye closures are commonly used instead.

Strict Guidelines For Clothes

Strict Guidelines For Clothes

Isolated From The Community

The Amish youth face a tough decision following their Rumspringa trip. They must choose whether to remain in the church or leave it. This is a difficult choice because if they don’t make it, they’ll be cut off from their families and friends for the rest of their lives. This is why 90% of customers remain loyal.

Isolated From The Community

Isolated From The Community

Technology Exceptions

In terms of technology, the majority of Amish families have strict laws, but some are more flexible than others. Tractors, electric refrigerators, bathtubs with running water, and propane gas are all allowed in the Alona Amish community. Some societies also permit the use of mobile phones.

Technology Exceptions

Technology Exceptions

No Rings

One of the many Amish customs is that no rings are worn during the engagement or wedding. If a couple agrees to get engaged, no jewelry is permitted, and this rule also applies to the wedding ceremony. This is just one of the many odd Amish wedding customs.

No Rings

No Rings

Secret Engagements

Holding engagements concealed from families and the community for many months is a common practice in Amish cultures. Couples usually get engaged in the spring but don’t tell their families until the summer. The family then keeps it a secret until October, when the ceremony takes place.

Secret Engagements

Secret Engagements

No White Dress

On their wedding day, Amish brides don’t wear white; instead, they wear blue. The bride designs her own gown as well as the gowns for her bridesmaids. The same wedding gown becomes her main church gown and the one she is buried in after this day.

No White Dress

No White Dress

Traditional Food

Celery is a traditional Amish wedding dish. Many soups and other dishes contain it as the main ingredient. It’s also used in place of flowers as a decoration. If a family is planning a wedding, they typically start growing celery months in advance. And before the proposal is made public!

Traqditional Food

Traditional Food

No Real Retirement Age

Amish people usually start cutting back on their daily lives between the ages of 50 and 70. Their physical condition also dictates this. They typically relocate to a designated grandparent’s home on their family’s land. When older people are in good health, they generally stay at home, and the women in the family take care of them as their health deteriorates.

No Real Retirement Age

No Real Retirement Age

Baptism

Amish people are baptized into their church between the ages of 16 and 25. Before that, the person is not permitted to marry. They can only marry another member of the same church. Not to mention that it usually occurs quickly. In comparison to other types of Christianity, this is very unique. Since, for the most part, parents decide whether or not to baptize their children. People in the Amish culture, on the other hand, choose whether or not to be baptized into the church. They do not baptize children because they are not of legal age to make such a decision.

Baptism

Baptism

Photographs Taken

Even though the Amish don’t mind people photographing them, they aren’t allowed to photograph themselves. They are also not permitted to have them in their residences. The same logic applies to the dolls and clothing: to keep them humble and resist vanity.

Photographs Taken

Photographs Taken

A Frolic

Barn-raising is referred to as a frolic among the Amish. When a new barn is required, they make a big deal out of it. Hundreds of people are expected to attend. The men are in charge of manual labor, while the women are in charge of meal preparation. It’s a well-liked pastime.

A Frolic

A Frolic

Success Rate

If an Amish person leaves the Amish church, they will almost certainly lose touch with their relatives. This is because they will be shunned and excommunicated. However, nearly 90% of Amish adolescents chose to remain in the church.

Success Rate

Success Rate

Dog Farming

Despite their reputation for being extremely noble, one aspect of Amish culture takes on a far darker hue. Due to rising farmland prices and dwindling demand for small-scale agriculture, some Amish communities have turned to dog farming as a new income source. In reality, the Amish group owns roughly 20% of all puppy mills in the United States.

Dog Farming

Dog Farming

High Inbreeding

Although the Amish do not deliberately marry their cousins, there is a high risk of inbreeding in their families. Since Amish families are so small, they don’t have much of a choice when it comes to marrying another Amish person.

High Inbreeding

High Inbreeding

No Recruits

Another fascinating aspect of the Amish is that they reject evangelism. They have a tradition of excluding non-members and isolating themselves from the modern world. It’s no surprise, then, that the Amish refuse to recruit. Also, the most ardent supporters of the Amish are unable to join the church.

No Recruits

No Recruits

“English” Outsiders

The Amish are unconcerned with your race, skin tone, or country of origin. They refer to someone who isn’t Amish as an English person. It is mainly due to centuries-old immigration trends. When you consider that the Amish are not known for modifying their traditions, it makes sense.

“English” Outsiders

“English” Outsiders

Memories

As one would expect, there are no Instagram accounts for Amish people. It’s probably obvious since they don’t use cameras. However, did you know they don’t create paintings either? It’s somewhat confusing since a brush and canvas aren’t by any means modern technology, so what’s the reasoning behind it? Well, in Amish tradition, when a loved one dies, they don’t have any images to remember them by except for their memories. Having a picture or a painting of someone is considered a graven image, which isn’t allowed.

Memories

Memories

No Dating

Since you need someone who will support your religion, it’s no wonder that the Amish only marry people from their culture. Persuading someone to change their lifestyle and behaviors for marriage entirely is challenging. However, there are also significant dating limitations in the Amish culture. You are not allowed to date someone who has not been baptized in the Amish religion. You can’t even start dating until you’ve been accepted into the group. Not to mention that dating takes place only in public places.

No Dating

No Dating

Blessed Engagement

Any significant life event in the Amish community necessitates due thought and involves the whole community. People can’t just get engaged and marry without anyone’s permission. It doesn’t take long for a couple to get engaged once they start dating. When the man proposes, he and his fiancee must obtain church permission. They are permitted to marry after the church has blessed them.

Blessed Engagement

Blessed Engagement

The Honeymoon

How about spending your honeymoon at your parents’ house? From the outside, it seems to be very off-putting. On the other hand, tradition is profoundly rooted in Amish cultures, and this is one of them. The honeymoon will begin at the home of the bride’s parents. The bride and groom will then clean the parents’ house the following day as a thank you.

The Honeymoon

The Honeymoon

The Honeymoon Continues

Amish honeymoons have several different parts to them, which are spread out over different places. The couple would pack up and go to the next house after spending the first night at the bride’s parents’ house, meeting all of their relatives as husband and wife. If the newlywed couple does not yet have their own home, they will remain with the bride’s parents until they can purchase one.

The Honeymoon Continues

The Honeymoon Continues

Not Amish

When you see someone wearing a bonnet, don’t jump to conclusions; they may not even be Amish. Mennonites are among them. The Amish and Mennonites are not the same, despite their similarities. In reality, if you mix the two up, they’ll be really offended. Mennonites are a non-Orthodox Christian sect similar to the Amish. They don’t isolate themselves and live in more modern cultures. Many of them use technology and drive automobiles. There are occasions when a Mennonite’s dress is indistinguishable from that of a non-Mennonite.

Not Amish

Not Amish

Meidung

Despite the fact that the Amish have many limits on their activities and lifestyles, they are also surprisingly permissive and encourage people to make their own decisions. There is, however, a framework in place for those who break the rules. It’s basically an Amish version of a “time-out.” If anyone is found to be breaking their ethics code, there will undoubtedly be repercussions. Meidung is one of them, which means that the community shuns the individual.

Meidung

Meidung

Being Excommunicated

Although Meidung relates to being shunned by the Amish community, Bann is a much more severe penalty. If the transgression is severe enough to result in permanent excommunication, you’ll be put in the Bann and treated as an outsider. Depending on your ‘crime,’ you may be shunned for an extended period of time. Even if it can seem harsh, the goal is for the individual to recognize their error and apologize.

Being Excommunicated

Being Excommunicated

DNA Testing

Everyone nowadays wants to get DNA testing to learn more about their ancestors and maybe locate long-lost relatives, thanks to modern technology. All except the Amish, who refuse to allow it. That is why marrying your third cousin in their community is so easy. They assume it is God’s will that inbreeding exists.

DNA Testing

DNA Testing

Potlucks

This is a celebration you’ll want to participate in. The Amish are very kind people. In their culture, the concept of hosting and engaging in shared meals is extremely significant. Everyone brings something to the huge table because it’s essentially one big potluck. It happens very often, and it’s the ideal opportunity to catch up with others.

Potlucks

Potlucks

No Church Buildings

Isn’t seeing all of the art and places of worship that religious groups worldwide have produced one of the most enjoyable aspects of visiting them? Tourists won’t find any churches in Amish land, for example. They aren’t very fond of ornate churches and cathedrals. They believe that because they can study the bible anywhere, they don’t need a church or anything fancy.

No Church Buildings

No Church Buildings

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