Amish Culture - Essay 2
The Amish community defines order through the usage of biblical principles applied in the Ordnund. “The Ordnung consist of district-specific regulations that are a part of oral tradition. These unwritten rules proscribe appropriate behavior that is expected in the Amish community. For example, married men are obligated to grow a beard, but not a mustache, and wear an Amish hat and vest. Women are expected to wear head covering, and a dress with a cape and an apron. For women, this attire represents “submission to the collective order and serves as a public symbol of group identity” (Kraybill, Nolt, and Johnson-Weiner, 2012).
Also, the Ordnung orders Amish members not to join public organizations with the exception of the Amish church. Amish members show their consent to the Ordnung during the baptism ceremony. At the ceremony, the church stresses the importance of their discipline. If the vows to the Ordnung are broken, then he or she may be excommunicated (Kraybill, Nolt, and Johnson-Weiner, 2012).
Gender relations are another unique element of the Amish culture. The men and women of the Amish community assume well-defined gender