Amish refers to an assembly of Christian church fellowships known for their plain dress, simple living, reluctance to adopt the conveniences of modern technology, and refusal to perform any kind of military service.

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Do the Amish have arranged marriages?

No. In fact parents play a very small role in their childs choice of a marriage partner.

When an Old Order Amish adolescent reaches the age of 16 they enter a period called rumspringa where they will typically enter a "peer group." Groups are not formed by adults but are often defined simply by their level of deviation from the norm. In my area (the 3rd largest Amish settlement in America) they have even named the groups. One is very wild, experiments with liquior and drugs and drive cars. Another group drives cars and dresses in modern clothes. Another group does not drive cars and maintains more traditional dress. The latter group participates in what are called home singings.

From their peer group the Amish teen will often select a spouse. The boy and girl make the decision together and then inform the parents of their decision. It is kept a secret, although many others have discovered it by this point, until it is publicly "published" about 8 weeks before the wedding.

While parents may instill in their children certain values or hold certain families in high esteem, both of which may influence their selection of a peer group or spouse, the parents themselves have little if any role in the the selection of a childs spouse.

How do the Amish spank?

Most Amish use things such as wooden spoons, belts, straps, or their bare hands. They hit them on their bottom a few times when they are very naughty.

What are Amish toilets like?

The vast majority of Amish communities allow inside flush toilets. There are some notable exceptions such as the Swartzentruber Amish and the Nebraska Group in Pennsylvania. There are other communities such as Buchanan County Iowa and Adams County, Indiana that did not allow flush toilets. I know at least some, if not all of the Adams County community allows the use of indoor flush toilets. Communites not allowing the use of indoor flush toilets would make use of outhouses and chamber pots.

How do the Amish view people with ADHD?

They would view them as a regular person loved by God.

Why do the Amish live the way they do?

The Amish are not opposed to technology or modern conveniences. They just value their religious beliefs, home and community life more. Therefore, they do not use technology which interferes with these important things. They don't use electricity, because electric lights and appliances disturb the tranquility of family life. They use very sophisticated mechanical technology based on human or animal power because it makes life easier without disrupting the rhythm of daily life. They don't have a phone in the home for the same reason. However, they might have a public telephone in a central location for use in emergencies. Wouldn't you be happier without a smartphone constantly bugging you too? It's all a matter of values.

What is the difference between Amish and Hutterites?

The Hutterites are open to most modern technology, while the Amish shun it. The Hutterites also believe in an undivided way of life, such as what's mine is yours and what's your is mine, while the Amish tend to have a more independent lifestyle.

How can you tell an Amish man is married?

In both Old and New Order Amish communities single males are clean shaven. Once married they begin to grow their beard.

How can you learn good table manners?

Good Table Manners
  • The host and hostess (giving the dinner) generally sit at each end of the table. In some cases if there are grandparents or great grandparents and depending on the culture they will sit at each end of the table.
  • If the dinner is fancy and there will be soup, salad and a main course then the table should be set with dinner plate on bottom, salad plate on top of that and the soup bowl on top of the salad plate. Cutlery to each side of the plate with a napkin (sometimes people will put the napkin in the wine glass).
  • Don't start to eat until everyone is seated. Some people may say a prayer of thanks before eating and if you are a non believer at least bow your head. Don't simply just 'dig into the food!' The host and hostess are the ones that should pick up their knife and fork first to eat and everyone else follows suit.
  • Place your napkin on your lap and DON'T tuck it into the top of your dress, blouse or shirt.
  • If it's a fancy dinner then work from the outside in. Soup may be served first, then a salad and then the main course. When eating soup you cup the soup spoon (hollow side) away from you and scoop the soup up that way. No slurping! Then the smaller fork is used for the salad (and even perhaps a smaller knife depending on the salad.) The smaller knife is a 'butter knife' and can be used if buns are served. If the table is set properly there should be a separate plate for your bun. If there is no plate for the bun then putting the bun on your dinner plate is acceptable.
  • If wine is served it's usually served from the right or, if it's a simple family dinner the bottle is passed along the table. If you don't like wine then just say so. Water glasses with ice water should also be placed at the top of the dinner/salad plates.
  • Don't feel you have to eat everything that is given you. Say nothing, but pass the food (if not served by a maid) to the next person. If a maid or (if in a restaurant) a waiter/waitress is serving then just quietly say 'no thank you.' Don't take huge portions of food because you can always go back for seconds (if asked!)
  • When you finish your main course cross your knife and fork across your plate (this means you are finished.) If you aren't finished and would like more then place your knife and fork on the plate side by side. This is only used at wealthy banquets or at high end restaurants. When eating at someones home cross your knife and fork on the plate. The Hoestess will usually ask if you would like another portion of everything and if you want to then do so.
  • If eating with a family then offer to help clear the table or even do dishes.
  • Be sure you thank the host and hostess for the delicious meal.
  • A lot of the mannerisms that are expected of anyone while eating are mostly common sense really. Well, actually it's a little common sense and a little of learning from a good website. Act like a gentleman or lady, which ever the case.

Should the word Amish be capitalized in a sentence?

Yes, it should be capitalized because it is the proper name of a group of people.

Where did Pennsylvania Dutch settlers come from?

== == The Pennsylvania Dutch settlers came from the Southwestern part of what is now Germany and Northern Switzerland. During the 17th century they fled Europe because they (being Anabaptist) were persecuted.

Are the Amish Quakers?

No. They are two different denominations. Most modern Quakers (members of the Society of Friends) do not dress 'plain' as the Amish do.

Who are the Pennsylvania Dutch?

The people called "Pennsylvania Dutch" were settlers from Germany that set up homesteads in eastern and central Pennsylvania. The word for German is Deutsch, so when people asked them were they were from, the English heard 'Dutch' and assumed they were from Holland, e.g. English speaking folks thought they said "Dutch".

Why don't the Amish ride horses?

The Amish DO ride horses, but mostly they use buggies for transportation.

Do Amish women shave their pubic hair?

Judging by their hairy legs, I imagine they don't shave their pubic hair.They also only bath once a week on Saturdays.

What languages are spoken by the Amish?

The Amish speak Pennsylvania Dutch- (a dialect of German) as a first language and learn English when they are about six and begin school.
The Amish speak German among themselves and English with the broader, English-speaking community.
The Amish speak a version of the German language. They also speak English so they can deal with their non-Amish neighbors.
They speak Pennsylvania Dutch which is a dialect of German as a first language and learn English when they begin school at about six.

Answer2: They also speak their Swiss German dialect.

What do Amish people call non Amish people?

Amish people commonly call non-amish people Englischers.

What do Amish do with their garbage?

  1. Food waste is given to animals, or put on a compost pile.
  2. Normal house waste, like paper and plastic, is burned or given to the trash man.
  3. Toxic or hazardous waste is also burned outside, and the ashes dumped in an isolated region on their property.

Are the Pennsylvania Dutch really Dutch?

They were German immigrants the term is really Deutsch for German.

I understand that the German immigrants that left Germany in the 17th century seeking religious freedom, settled in Pennsylvania and when they were asked where they were from? They answered in German the German word "Deutsch" which means Germany. The English speaking Pennsylvanians understood it to mean they were from Dutch land, where in fact they were saying they were from Germany.