Amish People in America

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Where do the Amish people live?
If you wanted to visit the Amish people the greatest concentration in the United States of America is just south of Cleveland Ohio. Holmes County and surrounding areas have a high concentration of this religious group. That being said, Amish people can be found in nearly every state in the USA and also Canada and Central America.
It is believed that the population of Amish in Ohio comes in second to the state of Pennsylvania. Lancaster County is a perfect place to visit if you are interested in seeing the Amish community at work. A common missbelief is that the Amish live in one big community altogether. They can be found farming and working all over America. They shop in local non Amish stores and sell their produce at the local markets.

Is the Amish religion going to die out?
It would appear not. In recent years the Amish population in the United States of America has grown at a rate about five times faster than other Americans. This could be due to the lower mortality rate of children compared to the past and that they still have an average of six to seven children.
Are the Amish baptized?
Yes baptism is a big part of their religion. Baptism usually takes place around the age of sixteen. Once baptized they join the church and if they marry it must be within the faith. The interesting fact is that about 90 percent of the youngsters are baptized.
What language is spoken by the Amish?
At school the Amish are taught to speak English. In their churches and homes they speak a dialect of the German language.

Do the Amish do military service.
No they do not participate in acts of aggression due to their non resistant beliefs.
Do the Amish draw from social security?
Generally speaking the Amish do not participate in the USA social security system and few are believed to buy commercial insurance.
Do the Amish children go to school?
With a strong belief in family values the parents play an important part in their children’s education. That being said they go to their own schools up to the age of about thirteen. Higher education is discouraged as it may break up the community. Some women within the faith have qualified as nurses to look after the community.
Why do the Amish dress the way they do?
The Amish style of clothing is not a costume but a reflection of their faith. They strongly believe in humility and their dress code is proudly worn to distinguish them from others outside the faith. The Amish want to love separately from the rest of the world. They chose not to have modern conveniences like electricity. The thought being that it would open them up to outside influences like radio and television.
Do the Amish men grow moustaches?
I noticed that some of the Amish men have beards but I never saw any men with mustaches. It is thought that a mustache he’s traditionally been associated with the military and is therefore banned in the Amish community. The men are allowed to grow their beards after they get married. In fact they do not shave their beards.
How do the Amish people feel about tourists?
Tourism into the Amish country areas has grown. Whilst the Amish do not like it, many have grown to accept the inquisitive visitors. When in the area remember to treat them with respect. They are just like you and I but with strong religous beliefs. Unlike many tourist destinations this is not a reenactment of a time in the past, a living museum. This is their life how they have chosen to live.
Treat them with the dignity they deserve. Support their industries and shops.

The Amish are a group of traditionalist Christian church fellowships with Swiss German Anabaptist origins. They are closely related to, but distinct from, Mennonite churches. The Amish are known for simple living, plain dress, and reluctance to adopt many conveniences of modern technology.

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