Origin When: 1693 Where: Switzerland Who:Jakob Ammann, an Alsatian Anabaptist Anabaptists are sometimes baptized twice; once as a baby and later when they “accept their faith” (http://amishamerica.com/when-do-amish-get-baptized/ )http://amishamerica.com/when-do-amish-get-baptized/ Jakob Ammann, an anabaptist; his followers are known as the Amish
5 Beliefs Having a large family Socializing with neighbors Abstaining from the use of modern technology and non-traditional cultural practices, as it distracts from God. Belief in the Trinity Satan is a living being http://reesephoto.me/all-galleries- 3/amish/
Ethnic Religion/Autonomous Religion Amish communities are well established Amish people don’t interact with outsiders They don’t have missionaries or focus on spreading and diffusing their religion Churches in districts but they are autonomous usually with about 75 members each. Amish worship in the bishops house.
Diffusion In the early 1700s, the Amish relocated from Switzerland to the Pennsylvania. Hierarchical Diffusion: Religion spreads when church leaders establish new communities. Relocation: The religion spreads from one concentrated community to another. Amish people diffuse over time due to the high birth rate. This diffusion was mostly towards the west.
Distribution today Maps: Cluster of communities in Pennsylvania, Ohio, and Indiana A “share the road” sign in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania.
Sacred Places Home (Where church services are held; not many other places are mentioned)
Questions What are some of the basic beliefs of the Amish? Why are the Amish clustered instead of distributed and spread evenly across the United States? How has the media painted stereotypes of Amish society in recent years?