Ant 101 Final Paper

The Amish Culture

ANT 101
Christina Winn
March 10, 2012

The Amish way of life
The Amish culture and way of life is very interesting and their unique beliefs make them different from any other culture today. The Amish subsistence is farm, this making the Amish horticulturalists. How does the Amish being appose to technology and being horticulturalist effect the beliefs and values, gender relations and sickness and healing in the Amish culture today?

The Amish culture was founded in Europe by Jacob Amman [~1644 to ~1720 CE], from whom their name is comes from [Mackall's, 2007, par.2].   It started as a reform group within the Mennonite movement. It was an attempt to restore some of the early practices of the Mennonites. The Amish who split from Mennonites generally lived in Switzerland. In the late 17th century, they separated because of what they saw a lack of discipline among the Mennonites. Some Amish migrated to the United States, starting in the early 18th century. They initially settled in Pennsylvania. Other waves of immigrants became established in New York, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Missouri Ohio, and other states [Mackall’s, 2007, par.3].

Amish believe in humility and anything to give separation to the outside world including their appearance [Powell, 2010, par.4]. All Amish dress in a very simple style and all clothing are made at home from plain fabric and mostly dark color. Even the women are not allowed to wear clothing with patterns and are forbidden to wear jewelry. Men mostly wear suits or trousers without pockets or lapels and women mostly wear full dresses with long sleeves and a full skirt, covered with a cape and an apron. Women never cut their hair and wear it in a bun covering it with a small white cap or black bonnet. Young men are clean shaven before they get married and married men are required to let their beards grow. Mustaches are forbidden [Powell, 2010, par.6].

The Amish are opposed to...