25 Fascinating Facts About The Amish.
The world we live in is in a constant state of change with new technologies popping up, attempting to make our lives easier. And while most people around the world embrace this way of life, the Amish refute it, choosing instead to go about their days the same way their ancestors did over 200 years ago. Although some may see the Amish's bubble-wrapped world as unrealistic, they seem to be doing it effortlessly.
There are lots of fascinating facts that you probably don't know about them. For example, do you know why some Amish men let their beards grow long while others are clean shaven? Or why the Amish children's dolls are faceless? Take a look at this list of 25 things the Amish do to keep their lives as simple as possible.
#1. The origin of the word "Amish"
Jakob Ammann was a Swiss Anabaptist from the Mennonite church. He is credited with the term "Amish." Ammann wanted the Bible to be interpreted literally and his views caused a division in the church with those who agreed with his way of thinking following him, thus creating the Amish fellowship.
#2. What is an Anabaptist?
Anabaptism has been defined as a branch of Protestantism. The sect opposes the practise of baptism on an infant. In fact, Anabaptists argue baptisms can only take place once the individual confesses his or her faith.
#3. Baptism and marriage
The Amish faith performs baptisms around the age of 18 to 22 years old. It is until the baptism is performed that the person is allowed to marry but only a person belonging to the same church.
#4. A stand against violence
The Amish are pacifists who refute violence of any kind. To further this belief, members are not allowed to join the military.
#5. Dolls without faces
If you ever get your hands on an Amish doll you will quickly discover they have no faces. This is done to dissuade members against vanity and pride.
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