55 Facts About Amish


The Amish are known for simple living, plain dress, Christian pacifism, and slowness to adopt many conveniences of modern technology, with a view neither to interrupt family time, nor replace face-to-face conversations whenever possible, and a view to maintain self-sufficiency.

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Non-Amish people are generally referred to as "English" by the Amish.

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The Amish typically operate their own one-room schools and discontinue formal education after grade eight.

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Anabaptist movement, from which the Amish later emerged, started in circles around Huldrych Zwingli who led the early Reformation in Switzerland.

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Term Amish was first used as a in 1710 by opponents of Jakob Amman, an Anabaptist leader.

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The Amish argued that those who had been banned should be avoided even in common meals.

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Those who leave the Amish fold tend to join various congregations of Conservative Mennonites.

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Amish began migrating to Pennsylvania, then regarded favorably due to the lack of religious persecution and attractive land offers, in the early 18th century as part of a larger migration from the Palatinate and neighboring areas.

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Between 1717 and 1750, approximately 500 Amish migrated to North America, mainly to the region that became Berks County, Pennsylvania, but later moved, motivated by land issues and by security concerns tied to the French and Indian War.

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The major division that resulted in the loss of identity of many Amish congregations occurred in the third quarter of the 19th century.

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Amish people are free to join another Amish congregation at another place that fits them best.

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The Egli Amish had already started to withdraw from the Amish church in 1858.

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The Buchanan Amish soon were joined by like-minded congregations all over the country.

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Until the early 20th century, Old Order Amish identity was not linked to the use of technologies, as the Old Order Amish and their rural neighbors used the same farm and household technologies.

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Old Order Mennonites and Amish sects are often grouped together in North America's popular press.

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The Old Order Mennonites and Amish have the same European roots and the language spoken in their homes is the same German dialect.

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Two key concepts for understanding Amish practices are their rejection of and the high value they place on (humility) and (calmness, composure, placidity), often translated as "submission" or "letting be".

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Amish lifestyle is regulated by the which differs slightly from community to community and from district to district within a community.

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Amish typically believe that large families are a blessing from God.

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Amish men grow beards to symbolize manhood and marital status, as well as to promote humility.

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All clothing is sewn by hand, but the way to fasten the garment widely depends on whether the Amish person is a part of the New Order or Old Order Amish.

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The New Order Amish are slightly more progressive and allow the usage of buttons to help attire clothing.

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Amish cuisine is noted for its simplicity and traditional qualities.

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Many Amish foods are sold at markets including pies, preserves, bread mixes, pickled produce, desserts, and canned goods.

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About 40 different Old Order Amish affiliations are known; the eight major affiliations are below, with Lancaster as the largest one in number of districts and population:.

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The use of cars is not allowed by any Old and New Order Amish, nor are radio, television, or in most cases the use of the Internet.

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The Old Order Amish culture involves lower greenhouse gas emissions in all sectors and activities with the exception of diet, and their per-person emissions has been estimated to be less than one quarter that of the wider society.

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Finally, the Amish read prayers and sing in Standard German at church services.

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However some Amish descendants recognize their cultural background knowing that their genetic and cultural traits are uniquely different from other ethnicities.

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Amish are usually baptized no earlier than 18 and children are not counted in local congregation numbers, estimating their numbers is difficult.

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In 2000, about 165, 620 Old Order Amish resided in the United States, of whom 73, 609 were church members.

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The Amish are among the fastest-growing populations in the world, with an average of seven children per family in the 1970s and a total fertility rate of 5.

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In 2010, a few religious bodies, including the Amish, changed the way their adherents were reported to better match the standards of the Association of Statisticians of American Religious Bodies.

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Amish settlements are in four Canadian provinces: Ontario, Prince Edward Island, Manitoba, and New Brunswick.

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In 2016, several dozen Old Order Amish families founded two new settlements in Kings County in the province of Prince Edward Island.

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In 2017, an Amish settlement was founded in Manitoba near Stuartburn.

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The first attempt by Old Order Amish to settle in Latin America was in Paradise Valley, near Galeana, Nuevo Leon, Mexico, but the settlement lasted from only 1923 to 1929.

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An Amish settlement was tried in Honduras from about 1968 to 1978, but this settlement failed too.

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In 2015, new settlements of New Order Amish were founded east of Catamarca, Argentina, and Colonia Naranjita, Bolivia, about 75 miles southwest of Santa Cruz.

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The last European Amish congregation joined the Mennonites in 1937 in Ixheim, today part of Zweibrucken in the Palatinate region.

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Amish populations have higher incidences of particular conditions, including dwarfism, Angelman syndrome, and various metabolic disorders, as well as an unusual distribution of blood types.

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The Amish represent a collection of different demes or genetically closed communities.

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The Amish are aware of the advantages of exogamy, but for religious reasons, marry only within their communities.

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The majority of Amish accept these as; they reject the use of preventive genetic tests prior to marriage and genetic testing of unborn children to discover genetic disorders.

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However, Amish are willing to participate in studies of genetic diseases.

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The clinic is embraced by most Amish, ending the need for parents to leave the community to receive proper care for their children, an action that might result in shunning.

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People's Helpers is an Amish-organized network of mental health caregivers who help families dealing with mental illness and recommend professional counselors.

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Old Order Amish do not typically carry private commercial health insurance.

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Amish do not usually educate their children past the eighth grade, believing that the basic knowledge offered up to that point is sufficient to prepare one for the Amish lifestyle.

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In many communities, the Amish operate their own schools, which are typically one-room schoolhouses with teachers from the Amish community.

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Under their beliefs and traditions, generally the Amish do not agree with the idea of Social Security benefits and have a religious objection to insurance.

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The U S Supreme Court clarified in 1982 that Amish employers are not exempt, but only those Amish individuals who are self-employed.

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Some Amish read the Pennsylvania German newspaper, and some of them even contribute dialect texts.

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Reports of poor standards of care and treatment of dogs as a cash crop by members of the Amish community has led to calls for puppy mills and auctions to be closed, with one breeder being issued with a restraining order from the practice for numerous violations of the federal Animal Welfare Act.

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Northkill Amish Settlement, established in 1740 in Berks County, Pennsylvania, was the first identifiable Amish community in the new world.

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