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how do the beliefs of amish affect their daily life

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How far do the beliefs of the Amish Affect their daily life? Culture is referred to being 'the way of the life' for a society. It usually includes sharing the same traditions, beliefs, values, and choice of the clothing. Groups of people with the same culture will usually live together in a community and will live their lives according to their culture, following their society rules. The Amish community is culture which is very different to other cultures, their lifestyles are simple and plain and they are very religious people. They also have strong beliefs in the way they live. The Amish culture has very strong beliefs. They follow the bible for a good life as they believe the bible is god's words. They believe in adult baptism. They give up all selfish thoughts and believe god wants them to submit to his guidance and serve others. Amish are referred to as pacifists, they are against all types of violence war, fighting, conflict and gun use, and they feel that it is wrong to take life as they believe only god can take life. They also believe that having luxuries are against the will of god as they are not plain and simple, they believe that you should be humble not proud and should live simple lives and focus on what god wants. They also feel that it is important to work hard to gain favour with god. ...read more.

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They also believe that only adults should get baptized, this is mainly because they feel that when the children are older they should be allowed to chose whether they want to follow they're parents and make a permanent commitment to God and the community, or whether they want to leave and join the outside world. The clothes they wear also reflect on their plain and simple ways. There clothing styles are encouraged to separate them from the world. Clothing is made at home from plain fabric. Women and girls wear dresses with long sleeves from one solid colour and a bonnet. All skirts have to be halfway between the knee and floor. Married women wear black bonnets and single women wear white ones. Amish women are not permitted to wear clothing with patterns or jewellery. They never cut their hair, and wear it tied up in a bun. The role of women is very traditional; they are expected to take care of the home and children. Amish men wear dark trousers and shirts. They always have to wear hats. Married men cannot shave their beard after they get married. Amish try to look as plain as possible, so they avoid buttons, patterns, jewellery etc as they believe that they are a sign of pride and showing off. The Amish speak a form of German mixed with English. ...read more.

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They can experience life outside the community for a year to decide whether they wish to become full baptized members of the community. This is called rumspringa. During their time they get to live like 'English' teenagers, having freedom and can experience modern technology and even smoking and drinking. At the end of their rumspringa they choose whether to come back and stay Amish or leave and join the outside world. Some choose to leave the Amish culture, as they get influenced by the things that they are missing out, but usually the majority stays, and chooses to be baptized as Amish, this is mainly because they are used to the way they live and don't feel they fit in with the world outside Amish. I think that teenagers in the future will decided to stay in their Amish community, because as much as they get influenced, it's too modern to what they're used to and cannot keep up with all the new technology. Also they have been bought up in the Amish way, so they feel comfortable in their own community. Overall I think that the beliefs of the Amish have a major affect on their lifestyle, as their beliefs give them their limits of how they can live. It also links everything together as for each belief of theirs there is a link with different aspects of their life i.e. attitudes, values, tradition, customs, technology, clothing etc. It also has a major affect because I think that without their beliefs, they would have a totally different lifestyle to what they have now. ...read more.

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