The Amish Culture

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t The Amish Culture ANT 101 November 01, 2012 The Amish Culture Did you know that there are Amish communities in 28 states including the province of Ontario? (Nolt, S.M. Pg 1 (1992) I did not have any idea that there were that many Amish communities still. The Amish are horticulturalists because they are farmers first. We are going to look into this and much more about them. I am going to point out a few things like; their beliefs and values, the economic organization, the kinship, and the sickness and healing. First, I want to give you a brief history behind the Amish culture. The Amish trace their roots to the Anabaptist movement which began in 1525 in Switzerland. In 1693 Jacob Amman, a bishop, led a group that separated from the Mennonite churches of Switzerland. The ones that followed became known as Amish. The conservatives became known as the Old Order Amish. This order tried to control cultural and technological influences from the larger society. They believe that the church, guided by the Bible, is responsible to institute guidelines for how the members act in all areas of life. The Amish believe it is very important for Christians to be separate from the world, both inwardly and outwardly. This is reflected in their dress, worship, language and the use of technology. The Amish are commonly known as the ‘Plain People.” (Nolt, S. M. Para 2 (1992) Mennonites and Amish are two totally different cultures. The biggest difference is that the Mennonites use more technology than the Amish are allowed to use. The Amish are Anabaptist, they believe in God and Christ as their savior. They really stick to the principles of the bible. The Pittsburgh Post states, “Turn-the-other-cheek, love-your-enemies pacificism is inextricably linked to nearly every aspect of Amish daily life.” (Cleary, C Para 1 (2006) This is the reason that the Amish
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