The Amish by John Andrew Hostetler

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Like any of us who need an operation or an emergency care, they want the best. But like many rural people, they will consult the almanac. And they believe in home remedies as well as in "rubdowns" as forms of cure. Page 36 Amish Knowledge The Amish are not ignorant of world events. Their conversation with the visitor and salesman is often about happenings in Washington, Europe, or an airplane crash in some remote corner of the earth. They have a sprightly humor, too, and Amish hospitality is unsurpassable!

Page 18 include Lutherans, Reformed, persons of Evangelical United Brethren background, Church of the Brethren (Dunkards), Brethren in Christ, and some Mennonites. Anyone becoming acquainted with the Amish will discover that they use three languagesPennsylvania Dutch, High German, and English. The Pennsylvania Dutch dialect is not a degenerate form of German but a dialect of high German resembling that still spoken in the Palatine or Rhineland area of modern Germany. The Amish speak this dialect in their homes, but they have not reduced it to writing.

But that attitude has changed. Today they are no longer regarded as backward. They are often viewed as hardworking, thrifty people who have preserved some of the virtues of early American rural life. Their simple way of living has attracted millions of tourists who want to see their farm communities. The Amish movement has grown from a small group of Anabaptist believers in Switzerland in 1693. For many years the world paid little attention to them or regarded the group as an obscure dying sect.

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