Running Head: THE AMISH 1
The Amish Life
Ant 101: Introduction to Cultural Anthropology
Instructor: Bob Larkin
December 12, 2011
THE AMISH 2
The Amish Life
The Amish are considered to be somewhat different compared to other societies in today’s world, but it works well for them. They are a model example of an Agrarian society dating back to sixteenth- century Europe. Although they are considered to be nonexistent in their European birthplace, they have created a life for themselves in over 200 settlements across 22 states in America as well as Ontario, Canada (Kraybill, 2000). The Amish are regarded as more unique and intriguing compared to the diverse American culture. Their lives are more one- dimensional, meaning they have one way of believing and they practice that belief with strong values so they can sustain their identity. Their simplistic life revolves around family and God and moves at a slower pace compared to American society. They have retained a distinguishing traditional subculture by contesting the American way of life. Since they detach themselves from the outside world around them, they mostly operate and rely on each other without any help from annual conventions or national organizations (Kraybill, 2000). The heart of the Amish is impacted by their agrarian heritage along with many other aspects of culture.
The kinship of the Amish compared to the traditional American culture differs according to most research. The Amish usually uphold social relations with people from their group. They are very family oriented and are large in kin groups which consist of their immediate family, extended family and the church district. They marry someone from within their society or group; sometimes...