Ant 101 Introduction to Cultural Anthropology
March 28th 2012
The Amish are a society in North America. They are dedicated to strict interpretation of the scriptures. They seek to be more in tune with familial values and religion versus anything else. They are an offspring of the Mennonite Church. Jacob Amman split from the original Mennonite group in 1699-1700 and formed the Amish faith.
They have chosen to forsake most modern conveniences for a more traditional way of life. Additionally the Amish have chosen a different manner with regards to medical care and sickness. We will examine what methodology they have chosen for healing and how they address this issue.
Our research will also show the social organization of the Amish people taking a look at how they interact with one another as well as the outside. Furthermore our research will show how the Amish lifestyle as horticulturists, although quite different, may not be quite as strange as we view it as outsiders. We will also show how it reflects an earlier time in traditional America and in many ways parallels our own history.
The Amish came to America from Europe beginning in the eighteenth century. The first documented immigrants arrived in Pennsylvania in 1731 (Johnson-Weiner, Karen M., 2010, p.14).
There was a second set of Amish arrivals from the French territories. They opted to settle apart from the first wave of settlers. This was due to the fact they viewed the original settlers as too conservative. They instead chose to live in New York, Ohio, Iowa and Ontario. After 1860 migration of the Amish from overseas ceased. (Johnson-Weiner, Karen M., 2010. p.16).
We have identified that the Amish are primarily horticulturalists as they subsist on what they can grow and farm. (McLaughlin, D., 2007). They plant a number of different crops depending on the season.
Today the Old Order Amish engage in crop rotation. They currently... [continues]
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