Amish Culture - Essay 2

1564 Words May 21st, 2012 7 Pages
Rebels of society are often times considered deviate and choose not to adhere to society’s customs and norms. However, would one consider the Amish communities as rebellious? The Amish are a unique subculture of the United States that do not adopt customs, norms, and lifestyles of the broader society (Sternheimer, 2012). Just because they set themselves apart from social norms, does not make them deviate. The Amish is an old religious group that originated in Europe. In the sixteenth century, Jakob Ammann and other devoted followers broke away from the Anabaptists and establish themselves as the Amish. Due to a disagreement with the laws and order set by the Anabaptist, the Amish felt the need to set themselves apart. Largely, order of …show more content…
These points of conflict include military services, education, photo identification, Social Security, health care, property zoning, and child labor. The Amish choose to defend their religion and beliefs using the biblical scripture of Acts 5:29 which states: “obey God rather that men” (Kraybill, Nolt, and Johnson-Weiner, 2012).
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

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