Photo by Larry Bartel. Zook, an Amish man from New Holland, Pa. After Zook recovered from his initial surprise, the men struck up a conversation about their lives. Brown shared about his work as a sociology instructor and artist in residence at Hesston College, as well as his travels around the world as an internationally recognized baritone and peace advocate.
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The recent abduction and return of two New York Amish girls has once more brought focus on America's "Plain People," whose shunning of technology and seemingly simple lives have long fascinated outsiders. For instance, in the New York case, police had to use a sketch artist to produce an image of one of the girls because of the sect's prohibition on photos. Here are 10 things to know about the fascinating lives of these Americans, also known as the Pennsylvania Dutch. History The Amish have been in America for a long time. The first ones arrived in the early 18 th century to escape religious persecution in Europe and to find land to farm. The sect arose from a late th century schism in the Anabaptist church by followers of Jakob Amman, a Swiss minister who believed that adherents should "conform to the teachings of Christ and His apostles" and "forsake the world" in their daily lives. The word "Amish" derives from his name.
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Quite a story:. The year-old twins drive a horse-drawn buggy, wear long dresses and white head coverings, and see their friends at church on Sundays. They are among about children, most of them black, born to women who were incarcerated at Pennsylvania prisons and sent by their mothers to Mennonite foster families in Central Pennsylvania as part of an informal caretaking program.
They are the moderately conservative Old Order Amish group in Kishacoquillas Valley , locally called Big Valley, but still relatively conservative compared with the Amish of other regions. In the s there were three Amish congregations in the region. In one district divided from the two others, forming the Byler Amish , the first subgroup in North America that divided because of doctrinal differences.