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Adherents 350,000
Name Means After the teachings of Jakob Ammann (c. 1644–c. 1730).
Beliefs Same as most Protestant denominations
Practices Communion twice a year; foot washing; separation from the world; speak German and Pennsylvania Dutch; no electricity; plain clothes like 17th-century European peasants; "Running Around" before baptism at age 17-20; shunning

The Amish (also known as Amish Mennonite) are members of an Anabaptist Christian denomination who are especially known for their separation from society, rejection of most modern technology, and distinctly conservative dress.

Amish beliefs are similar to other Protestants; it is their way of life that primarily differentiates them from other Christian denominations.

There are about 200,000 Old Order Amish living in more than 200 settlements in the United States and Canada; the largest communities are in Pennsylvania, Ohio, Indiana, Iowa, Illinois, and Kansas, and others exist in Wisconsin, Missouri, and Minnesota.

In the United States, Amish communities are mostly found in Pennsylvania and the Midwest, namely Ohio and Indiana. It is common for members of this denomination to live rurally where there is land to farm. It is also common for Amish to live near other Amish, which enables them to support each other's lifestyle as well as establish a local congregation of people with similar beliefs and convictions.

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Title Amish
Last UpdatedJanuary 29, 2021
MLA Citation “Amish.” 29 Jan. 2021. Web. Accessed 25 Feb. 2021. <>