The Old Order Amish

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The Amish are directly descended from the Anabaptists of Europe. They were upset with the reforms that came during the Protestant Reformation and broke off to begin their own sect. They objected to infant baptism, believing instead that it was a decision that only an adult could make. They also believed strongly in separation of church and state. This splinter group called themselves Mennonites. During the late 1600’s, faced with disagreements over how strongly to implement the practice of shunning this group splintered once again. The new sect, much stricter in their adherence to church law became known as Amish. Amish take their name from one of their founders, Jacob Amman. The Amish arrived in America sometime in the mid 1700’s and…show more content…
Old Order Amish speak German in the home and during their worship services, which are held in individual member’s homes on a rotation basis. They wear plain clothes of dark materials with no ornamentations, dresses and trousers have no pockets or cuffs. Men’s shirts can fasten with plain buttons however women’s garments are fastened with straight pins or snaps. Old Order Amish forbid the use of modern technologies fearing that it will bring the ‘English’ world too close to theirs. This ultra conservative branch of the Amish still utilizes shunning and excommunication for members who have shown themselves unable to follow the guidelines of the…show more content…
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