The Amish live among us, concentrated largely in Lancaster Pennsylvania, Ohio, Indiana and certain parts of Canada. They generally keep to themselves and shun the modern comforts that many of us couldn’t live without. Here are 30 lesser-known facts about the Amish, starting with the obvious. (Hint: the younger generations are definitely not as conservative as their parents!)
They Skip Out On Electricity And Technology
Perhaps the most well-known tenet of Amish life is the shunning of technology and the comforts of modern life. This lifestyle is governed by a philosophical and religious belief called Gelassenheit, which means “letting be.” The Amish believe that the earth should be left as closely to God’s original creation as possible.
Their Religious Beliefs Are Optional, Sort Of
The Amish are Anabaptist—part of a Christian sub-sect whose members practice “believer’s baptism.” When a person is old enough to independently state their faith, they’re able to become full members of the church. That usually takes place between the ages of 16 and 24.
You might be surprised by what happens as an Amish teenager grows up, though…