The Amish Culture

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The Amish Culture The Amish Culture Sara Esser Introduction to Cultural Anthropology Instructor: Mitra Ronkin May 20, 2012 The Amish way of life has many interesting concepts and unique beliefs that set them apart from any other culture. The Amish are a Christian church that traces its roots to the Protestant Reformation in sixteenth-century Europe. Amish people accept basic Christian beliefs but also have some special interpretations and emphases that have emerged throughout their history. While some may see the Amish way of life as a cult, there simplistic way of life and their family values and beliefs make them one of the strongest sects in today’s society. To truly understand what the Amish People and their way of life is all about, one needs to know about the origin of the people, their traditions and values, how they sustain themselves in today’s times, their importance and what they give to society today. We need to understand Their Social Organization, Their Beliefs and Values and Their Kinship. The North American Amish may all look alike to outsiders, but practices vary widely among the more than two dozen affiliations. Even within affiliations there are differences among local church districts. Four groups carry the Amish name: Beachy Amish, Amish Mennonites, New Order Amish, and Old Order Amish. The Beachy Amish and Amish Mennonites own automobiles and use public utilities. The Old Order and New Order Amish groups use horse-and-buggy transportation and do not use public utilities (www2.etown.edu/amishstudies). The most popular group is the Old Order Amish. The Old Order is found throughout North America, in nearly three dozen States. Large Old Order Amish communities are found in Holmes and Wayne Counties of Ohio, Lancaster County in Pennsylvania, LaGrange and Elkhart Counties in Indiana, and Geauga County in Ohio. These
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