The Amish – Pennsylvania

A close-up view of a Pennsylvania Dutch shoofly pie.

The Amish are an ethnic group of people that live mostly in Pennsylvania. They are descendants of Anabaptist immigrants in 18th century Europe, and still uphold their traditional ways in America until now. The Amish eschew modern technologies like TVs, cars, computers or electricity for their own reasons, but they still do use some forms of communication like the telephone or fax machine when needed. They wear very conservative clothes, eschewing bright colors or patterns.

Some Amish are   of  German descent who have been living in North America for more than 300 years. They opt to live a simple, quiet life. Most of their values come from the Bible, and their order is determined by a very strict interpretation of that text. Even though they are not recognized as a state religion, they have been able to maintain their culture and lifestyle due to New York’s Religious Freedom Restoration Act.

 

You can see their horse-drawn carriages in the Pennsylvania countryside. Lancaster is where you find most.

Amish buggy coming down country road in Ohio

As for food you can buy it as stores. Amish cuisine is noted for its simplicity and traditional qualities. Food plays an important part in Amish social life and is served at potlucks, weddings, fundraisers, farewells, and other events.[35][36][37][38] Many Amish foods are sold at markets including pies, preserves, bread mixes, pickled produce, desserts, and canned goods. Many Amish communities have also established restaurants for visitors. Amish meat consumption is similar to the American average though they tend to eat more preserved meat.[39]

A close-up view of a Pennsylvania Dutch shoofly pie.

Some interesting facts:

Before marriage, a ritual called “bundling” happens  The tethered  couple must lie in bed together, separated by a wooden board all night, and talk and get to know each other.

 

And you guess women are expected to obey their husbands. They cannot wear make – up.

 

Youngsters get to try western things such as tech and drink at 16 and if they return to the fold then no more partying.

 

Stylish girl in linen dress running among herbs and wildflowers in sunny meadow in mountains. Boho woman relaxing in countryside, simple rustic life style. Atmospheric image. Space text

In conclusion, the Amish culture and people are not the same as they were in the early 1900s when they originated. They have changed through time and it is evolving. Bands of people are in the Amish community who want to change to accommodate technology and integration with society, but there are many who wish to stay solely within their own culture and traditions without any outside influence.

 

The Amish people have changed throughout time, and it is still evolving.

 

 

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