A history of the amish religion and society

Self-help Members of the community help each other, and the whole community will work together to help a member in trouble. During the lates, a group of devout individuals led by Jakob Ammann broke away from the Swiss Mennonites, primarily over the lack of strict enforcement of meidung or shunning—an excommunication of disobedient or negligent members.

Modern innovations such as electricity might spark a competition for status goods, or photographs might cultivate personal vanity.

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Telephones were the first important technology that was rejected, soon followed by the rejection of cars, tractors, radios, and many other technological inventions of the 20th century. Some have polarized over the shape or colour of a garment; the style of a house, carriage or harness; the use of labour-saving farm machinery or the pace of singing Other Mennonites, Brethren and Amish Mennonites wear distinctive Amish clothing but may make use of "worldly" conveniences, such as cars, electricity and telephones.

Marriage Amish only marry other Amish, although not necessarily from their own community. They do not accept state benefits or use insurance, but rely on community support instead. They also prohibit habits that feed individualism and greed, as displayed through their plain dress style and prohibition of personal photographs.

Many Amish beliefs and customs come from the Ordnung, a set of oral rules for living handed down from generation to generation. All the groups operate independently from each other with variations in how they practice their religion and religion dictates how they conduct their daily lives.

Arthur, Religion, Dress and the Body, Although the dress code is partly intended to prevent visual statements of individuality, there is scope for individual taste, as this anecdote demonstrates: That the rules for Amish dress apply only to outwardly observable dress was first clarified when one of the authors, while baking pies with an Amish family, was asked to make a run to the basement for additional jars of peaches.

Amish communities opened their own Amish schools. Dark blue, green, purple, brown and black are the most common clothing colours.

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Amish Society by John A. Hostetler