Forbidden Things In the Amish Culture

Life/Recreation - People
By: MiddleSister    
10-Jan-2011

Introduction:In Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, there are a group of religious people referred to as Old Order Amish. There are some strict Amish culture restrictions, because the Amish culture wants to be plain. They don't want to be too fancy.

  • 01

    No Cars

    Cars are way too fancy for the old order Amish culture. They get around in a horse and buggy or they walk. It is OK, though, to get a ride in a car with someone who is "English", which means non-Amish. The more lenient of the Amish will allow a foot powered scooter to be used.

  • 02

    No Electricity

    You can tell the Amish homes in Lancaster County,PA, because they do not have power lines running to them. The Amish culture may not use electricity. However, they may use kerosene, so they have lanterns.

  • 03

    No Phones

    Phones are way, way too worldly and fancy. the Amish culture may not use phones, but they can ask someone else to make a phone call for them.

  • 04

    No Tractors

    Amish farms do not use modern tractors with engines. Instead, they have a mule team hitched to an old fashioned plow. Seeing those mules with an Amish farmer steering them as they ready the spring soil is quite a sight.

  • 05

    No Zippers Nor Buttons Nor Safety Pins

    Zippers, buttons, safety pins, and velcro are all forbidden in the Amish culture. Therefore, the Amish use straight pins to fasten their clothing. You will see an impressive arrangement of straight pins holding closed the back of the Amish lady's black dresses.


Final Thoughts

Read some of the articles linked below to learn more about the Amish culture and the Pennsylvania Dutch.

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Comments

  • BethProverbs31 6/16/2011 Flag This Comment

    Where do you get your info that they use only straight pins as fasteners? Can you please site your sources. I have seen many Amish men and women in Westminster, PA and Tionesta, PA with buttons on their shirts and dresses. I personally know an Amish couple in Tionesta, PA and am positive I have seen buttons on their clothing.

  • UponRequest 3/20/2011 Flag This Comment

    I've always found the Amish culture to be fascinating. I'm with the majority here - didn't know they used straight pins for fasteners!

  • Amberdawn 2/13/2011 Flag This Comment

    Wow, straight pins! I didn't realize about restrictions on fasteners. Informative list.

  • BonnieDossKnight 1/16/2011 Flag This Comment

    The Amish have always intrigued me. Thanks for writing the explanatory list.

  • NancyHardin 1/16/2011 Flag This Comment

    I'm from Indiana, and there's also a group of Amish in a section of that state. Sometimes you're driving and pop up over a hill, and there's a horse and buggy not 10 feet from you. Scary! But they are good-hearted folks. Nice list!

  • ListMaker 1/16/2011 Flag This Comment

    I'm with peggy; I didn't know they used straight pins. Very interesting list of Amish facts.

  • MiddleSister 1/12/2011 Flag This Comment

    Yes, more power to them as long as it's not electric power.

  • ListingToTheLeft 1/10/2011 Flag This Comment

    Wow, I did not know they used straight pins as closures. That would require a dressing buddy, for sure!

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