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Amish

(religion, spiritualism, and occult)

When the Mennonites, lineal descendants of the Anabaptist movement in Europe, migrated to the United States from Switzerland, a splinter group broke away. This group believed wholeheartedly in the biblical command to "come out from them and be ye separate." Taking their name from Jakob Ammann, these were the Amish, and they have ever since retained their traditional lifestyle. They embrace pacifism and avoid many modern conveniences, such as electricity and automobiles, used by the "English" (as they call non-Amish) out in "the world." Instead they have continued to practice what they call their "plain" lifestyle, believing God intended people to live in redemptive community. Their beautifully kept farms have become tourist attractions, most notably in the Pennsylvania Dutch country, where it is common to see bearded farmers and women wearing traditional head coverings called kapps driving along country roads in horsedrawn black buggies. Popular restaurants in Amish communities offer some of the finest examples of American home cooking, featuring the traditional seven sweets and seven sours. But all this is surface appeal covering a deeply rooted, biblically based spiritual conviction that has been the driving force of their sect's strength for generations.

Amish

conservative Christian group in North America noted for its simple, orderly life and nonconformist dress. [Am. Hist.: EB, I: 316]
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The author, a professor of history and resident scholar at the Young Center for Anabaptist Studies at Elizabethtown College in Pennsylvania, is author or coauthor of several books on the Amish.
net/archives/175065) arrested for a DUI in Florida, and since drinking, driving and living in Florida weren't considered particularly Amish behaviors, it raised questions about whether or not she had still been a member of her Amish community at the time.
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After living in several Amish communities, struggles led them to leave Michigan and the Old Order Amish for a less strict Amish-Mennonite community in Missouri.
Though I'd prefer to be called "Pie Lady," since my consuming passion in recent years has been exploring the home cooking traditions of my Amish and Mennonite neighbors.
The book begins with a four-part definition of Amish as any group that (1) affirms the basic tenets of the 1632 Dordrecht Confession of Faith; (2) uses horse-drawn transportation; (3) speaks a German-derived dialect; and (4) considers itself Amish.
Neal, Anita Gandolfo, and Pamela Regis, and cultural studies of the Amish, a field that sociologist John A.
The menu is also sprinkled with surprises you don't expect to find at an Amish restaurant: Asian chicken salad, ''Amish quesadillas'' (chicken, cheese and mushrooms), and a salad of mixed greens, crumbled gorgonzola cheese and dried cranberries.
As an example of 'narrative scholarship,' this study relies less on traditional literary analysis and more on the comments of loyal readers of the genre themselves, which the author gathered through written correspondence, interviews, and visits to book groups and Amish and 'English' bookstores.