Shockingly Strange Facts About the Amish Community

By 3 years ago

The Amish community is largely concentrated in Pennsylvania, Ohio, Indiana, and parts of Canada. They generally keep to themselves and shun most modern comforts that many of us couldn’t live without.

Some of their behaviors, though, are pretty shocking. Here, we’ve compiled the lesser-known facts about the Amish. We begin with the obvious and move onto the more scandalous—hint: the younger generations aren’t exactly staying “buttoned up” like the elder generations…

 

No Electricity or Tech

Perhaps the most well-known tenet of Amish life is the shunning of technology and other modern comforts. This lifestyle is governed by a philosophical and religious belief called Gelassenheit, which means “letting be.” The Amish believe that the world should be left as God had originally created it.

 

Beliefs Are Optional, Somewhat

The Amish are Anabaptist—part of a Christian sub-sect whose members practice “believer’s baptism.” Once old enough to independently state their faith, they can then become full members of their church, usually occurring between ages 16 and 24.  You might be surprised by what happens as an Amish teenager grows up, though…

 

Amish -vs- Mennonite

The Amish and the Mennonite people are not one and the same. The two cultures are both Anabaptist but they live by different ideals. For example, Mennonites live in modern communities and own cars.

 

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