Wednesday, August 8, 2007

My fascination of the Amish People

I took pictures of this cute Amish girl when I bought a pack of her peanut butter cookies. We happened to pass by her small store along a long narrow secondary road and saw her waving happily at us so we stopped and checked out what she was selling. I asked if it's ok to take pictures of her, she said "we don't mind" so I did. I am just so fascinated with these people and it started when I begun reading Beverly Lewis' "Annie's People" series.
some basic information about these people from Wikipedia:

The Amish (Amisch or Amische) (IPA: ˈɑːmɪʃ) are an Anabaptist Christian denomination in the United States and Canada (Ontario and Manitoba) known for their plain dress and avoidance of modern conveniences such as cars and electricity. The Amish separate themselves from mainstream society for religious reasons: They do not join the military, apply for Social Security benefits, take out insurance or accept any form of financial assistance from the government. (funny, but the first two amish I've ever seen in person were in the Social Security Office here in Iowa when I went to get my own SS number)

Most speak a German dialect known as Pennsylvania Dutch (Pennsylvania German or Pennsylvanie Deutsch) at home and in church services, and learn English in school. The Amish are divided into separate fellowships consisting of geographical districts or congregations. Each district is fully independent and has its own Ordnung, or set of unwritten rules.
The Old Order Amish are distinguished from the
Beachy Amish and the New Order Amish by their strict adherence to the use of horses for farming and transportation, their traditional manner of dress, and their refusal to allow electricity or telephones in their homes. The Old Order Amish is the concept many outsiders have when they think of "Amish".

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