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Amish Country. Everything you wanted to know about the Amish!. FAQ about the Amish. Who are they? What are the different types of Amish? Where do they live? Why don’t they use electricity? How is their health care? How do they travel? What do they do during the day? Can you become Amish?. - PowerPoint PPT Presentation

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Amish Country

Amish CountryEverything you wanted to know about the Amish!FAQ about the AmishWho are they?What are the different types of Amish?Where do they live?Why dont they use electricity?How is their health care?How do they travel?What do they do during the day?Can you become Amish?Who are they Amish?

Who are they Amish?Formed around 1525 during a religious movement against the Roman Catholic and Protestant ChurchesBelieve in a simpler, family-centered way of lifeTypically farmersTheir families and their farms are their top priorities, second only to GodDo not use electricityThey can trace their heritage back hundreds of years, and they still live and work much as their ancestors did

What are the different types of Amish?

What are the different types of Amish?There are around 25 different groups, the main groups being Old Order Amish and the MennonitesThey differ in how they dress, how they travel, their occupations, and rules about technologyThey also vary in their traditions and their own interpretations of the BibleThe more traditional groups are called 'old order'. They do not permit electricity or telephones in their homes They wear plain clothing styles, which has earned them the name "Plain People"Mennonites allow more modern technology, dress and education that then Old Order Amish groupsWhere do they live?The Amish live in 27 states and Ontario, CanadaThe majority live in Pennsylvania, Ohio and Indiana

There were over 339,000 Amish and Mennonites living in the United States in the 2000sWell be focusing on the 4,800 Pennsylvanian farms that are in Lancaster County.

Why dont they use electricity?

Why dont they use electricity?

By restricting access to television, radio, and telephones, the Amish are better able to keep the modern world from intruding into their home lifeIt helps to keep their life simpleMany use gas instead to heat their homes or run appliances because gas occurs naturally

How is their health care?There is no rule about not seeking modern medical helpMost do not have health insurance, so the Amish communities ban together to help pay for someones medical billThey are less likely to seek medical attention for minor aches or illnesses and will take home remedies and drink herbal teas.

How do they travel?

How do they travel?The old order groups do not own or operate automobiles, believing that cars would provide easier access to the ways of the worldWhile they do not permit the use of tractors in their fields, these old order Amish groups do use modern farm equipment pulled by teams of horses or mulesYou will often see their horses and buggies on our local roadsSometimes they will accept rides from outsiders in order to get medical treatment or for employment

What do they do during the day?

What do they do during the day?Children attend Amish one-room schoolhouses through the eighth gradeAmish worship services are held every other week in one of the member's homesSocializing is an important part of Amish life The Amish have a strong sense of community spirit, and often come to the aid of those in need example: barn raisingsCan you become Amish?Yes you can!But it is not easy- youll need a formal education in Amish beliefs, learn their language (A type of German called Pennsylvania Dutch), have a baptism into their religion, not to mention giving up technology and the majority of your possessionsSince 1960, the Amish population in Lancaster County has almost tripled!

Can Amish become YOU? When you are 16, you embark on your Rumspringa, which means running around in the Pennsylvania German dialect. This period is an important time when Amish youth need to decide if they will be baptized and join the church or leave the Amish community. Many go out and live in the modern world during this time.Or join a reality show, such as these teenagers did in 2004.

Sources:http://www.amishbuggyrides.com/faq.htmlhttp://www.800padutch.com/amish.shtmlhttp://www.welcome-to-lancaster-county.com/amish-and-mennonites.htmlhttp://www2.etown.edu/amishstudies/FAQ.asphttp://www.peacefulsocieties.org/Society/Amish.html