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Monday, 8 August 2011


The history of the Amish church began with a schism in Switzerland within a group of Swiss and Alsatian Anabaptists in 1693 led by Swiss Mennonite leader Jakob Ammon. He formed his own branch of the church after taking issue with other Swiss Mennonite leaders over discipline issues and those who followed Ammann became known as Amish.

Amish Mennonites began migrating to Pennsylvania from Europe in the 18th century as a reaction to religious wars, poverty, and religious persecution. The first Amish immigrants went to Berks County, Pennsylvania, but later moved, because of land issues and security concerns tied to the French and Indian War. Many eventually settled in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania.

Their members still practise an exclusively rural and simple way of life in various parts of the USA and Canada.  As of 2010, around 249,000 Old Order Amish live in Canada and the United States, a growth of 50% due partly to increasing movement to the West.

The Amish population doubles every 21 years.

Amish businesses have a 95% success rate at staying open at least five years

Old Order Amish men don’t wear wedding rings. Instead they grow their beards out.

Amish men don't wear mustaches as a protest against violence. In the early days of the Amish mustaches were prevalent in the German military and they began shaving their mustaches as a physical representation of their non-violent nature. It continues today.

Amish men take about 18,425 steps per day. Amish women take about 14,196. The average American adult takes about 4,000 steps per day.

Only 40% of Amish people use refrigerators but 97% of them use washing machines. 

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