The Cultural Aspects of the Amish

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The Cultural Aspects of the Amish Society 3 “Culture is a web of values, meanings, and behavior that is deeply embedded in our experience of daily life and shared with others who belong to the same group” (Nowak & Laird, 2010, p.6). With these beliefs and behaviors, all cultures are deemed negative as well as positive by society. The Amish, for example, are one of the most distinctive cultures in the Canadian and American countries. Their culture is based on simple farm living with little or no contact with the modern world. Because of their simple lifestyle, the Amish are deemed as a pastoral society. “The Amish, like other Mennonites and Hutterites, trace their origins to the Anabaptist movement that emerged during the Reformation in Switzerland, Germany, Austria, and the Netherlands” (Origins). They first came to America in 1737 in search of religious freedom and settled in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania. In this essay, I will explore and identify the primary modes of subsistence of the Amish society. My main focus will target their kinship systems, beliefs and values, and their social organizations. “The Amish family is the foundation of the Amish way of life” (Inside the Amish Family). Its structure and traditions are like a page out of history that has remained throughout the Amish culture. In the Amish family structure, there’s a “blueprint” for everyday life. Just like the Holy Bible is our guide for daily living as Christians, the Ordnung guides the Amish “through all the details of their daily lifestyle” (Inside the Amish Family). An Ordnung in the Amish society is “a religious blueprint for expected The Cultural Aspects of the Amish Society 4 behavior regulates private, public and ceremonial behavior” (Countries and their Culture). Of the Amish society, the immediate family, extended family, and the church
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