The Amish are distinctly recognizable from film and television. They are a religious sect of Pennsylvania Dutch with their origins in the Swiss Anabaptist tradition. They’re best known for their simple lifestyles and their unusual forms of plain dress as well as a stout refusal to dabble in any form of modern technology.
In general, the Amish are considered to be a harmless, if unusual, group of people. But there are things that the Amish don’t want you to know and with very good reason.
Here we take a look at 15 things that you don’t know about the Amish and why.
#15 Every Amish Drops Out Of School
When you don’t participate in the modern world, you probably don’t need to spend much time in school. So every Amish person drops out once they’ve completed an eighth-grade education. This allows them to do something in their community instead. You might be surprised to learn that this is completely legal.
#14 Every Amish Gets To Taste Modern Life
The Amish aren’t forced to be Amish. In fact, they have a ritual at the age of 16 called Rumspringa. During the period of Rumspringa, the Amish enter ordinary life and are allowed to travel, drink and participate in the world beyond their communities. Then they decide if they want to return home or leave for good.
#13 Those Awesome Amish Beards Tell You Something
Not every Amish man wears a beard despite the popular depictions of bearded Amish men in the press and on TV. In fact, an Amish man has to do something before he is allowed to grow a beard and that’s get married! A beardless Amish is a man in search of a wife.
#12 You Can Be Thrown Out Of Amish Life
Amish communities abide by a strict set of rules; it’s part of their faith and commitment to their lifestyle. If you break those rules then it’s possible that the Amish around you will excommunicate you and effectively exile you from your own community. This can be applied even for something as simple as failing to kneel in church.
#11 The Amish Don’t Need You
If Amish life appeals to you; you ought to be aware that they see themselves as something of an exclusive club. Converts are not exactly encouraged and unlike other fundamentalist branches of Christianity – there’s no such thing as an Amish missionary. They’re not looking to spread their faith at all.