Summary: Understanding The Amish Culture

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Understanding the Amish Culture Tracy Sexton ANT 101 Instructor Christopher Deere October 14, 2012 Understanding the Amish Culture Sitting in front of a computer in a house of modernization, it is difficult to imagine living without the internet, designer clothes, televisions, cell phones, and other material items that most American’s are accustomed to owning. In one American culture, the Amish, these items have no place. Instead, the day is filled with working the land to provide food for the family, doing household chores, and helping neighbors build barns and houses. The Amish culture is simplistic and living off the land is one of the core elements of traditional Amish society. The agrarian lifestyle of the Amish demands…show more content…
“The spirit of Gelassenheit expresses itself in obedience, humility, and simplicity. To Amish thinking, obedience to the will of God is the cardinal religious value. Disobedience is dangerous” (Kraybill, 2012). Based upon the principle of Gelassenheit, the use of most modern technology is banned because it violates the Amish belief in separation from society and threatens their life of simplicity. Honoring the principles Gelassenheit involves self-denial, yielding to others, maintaining a quiet spirit, and living life with modesty and…show more content…
Life revolves around religious beliefs. Unlike other societies, there are no fancy churches in which to hold services. Instead, services are held inside farmhouses or barns. Most importantly, “Religion is practiced, not debated” (Kraybill, 2012). Family and community ties are strong, supporting one another in times of need instead of relying on government assistance during hard spells. The family sticks together, working through problems that can arise. Divorce is non-existent within the Amish culture. The elderly are not placed in nursing homes or retirement centers. They remain living with the family and are highly respected. Although there are poor families in the Amish community, there are no homeless or unemployed people (Cong,
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