Non- verbal artifacts
When you’re driving in your car and happen to look out your window and notice the sign like that of above, you don’t think to yourself, “That’s an odd sign.” You immediately know that you will soon be driving through an Amish community. Men and woman of the Amish community are not permitted via their traditions to operate motorized vehicles which have made the horse drawn buggy essential. The horse and buggy is one of the most recognizable symbols of the Amish which have been their reliable mode of transportation since the mid 1750’s. In addition to pulling buggies the large hardworking draft horse, which represent work and diligence, can be seen working along the Amish men in the fields, helping to raise barns and pull stumps. The Amish church instructs dress regulations for its members but the unwritten rules and standards vary regularly throughout each community. Symbolic of their faith, Amish clothing styles encourage humility and separation from the world. The Amish dress in a very simple style, avoiding all but the most basic ornamentation. Clothing is made at home of plain fabrics and is primarily dark in color. Men are expected to wear a wide brim hat and vest when they are in public. The width of the brim and hat band and the height and shape of the crown are indicators that gauge the orthodoxy of the group and individual wearer. A wide brim, low crown, and narrow hat band indicates the oldest and most traditional style. Within church groups, one's age and status is often reflected by the dimensions of one's hat. For warm weather, straw hats are preferred by plain men. In winter months and at church services Amish men where a black suit coat which is typically fastened with hooks and eyes instead of with buttons. Men do not where belts but do where suspenders in there place. An Amish man does not shave his beard after he becomes married. A long beard is the mark of an adult Amish man. Mustaches, on the other hand, have a...
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