|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.
Table of Contents
- Kraybill, Donald, Concise Encyclopedia of Amish, Brethren, Hutterites, and Mennonites .
- Good, Merle and Phyllis, 20 Most Asked Questions about the Amish & Mennonites .
- Nolt, Steven M., History of the Amish .
- Wagler, Ira, Growing Up Amish: A Memoir .
- Igou, Brad (ed.), The Amish in Their Own Words .
- Miller, Marlene C., Called to Be Amish: My Journey from Head Majorette to the Old Order .
- Jantzi, Marianne, Simple Pleasures: Stories from My Life as an Amish Mother .
- Gingerich, Emma, Runaway Amish Girl: The Great Escape .