Taking a Look at the Amish Culture

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Anthropology can be defined as the comparative study of human societies, cultures, and their development. Through Anthropology, we have been taught about numerous cultures and there relevance to society. One culture that has peaked my interest is the culture of the Amish people. The Amish culture was founded on the teachings of Jacob Ammon. This culture began in Europe and did not migrate to North America until around the 19th and 20th century. The Amish culture is driven by the Amish religion which teaches that they must be separate from “worldly” sin to receive any salvation. For Example, the communities that make up an Amish society are divided into church districts geographically. There is not a governing body for the entire Amish population. Instead, the church districts decide for themselves what they would like to accept or not. Even though each district can decide rules for itself, they base their regulations on an interpretation of the Bible and a set of rules called the Ordnung. The Amish society strays away from the modern world by repressing the need for individualism and pride. Although the Amish resist cultural influences, they do compromise with the modern technology for work and communication purpose as long as they do not intertwine or disrupt family stability. The population as a whole revolves around family, community, humility, and separation from the modern world. Looking into the Amish culture, gender roles, marriage, and their religious beliefs play

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