The Amish are a group of traditional Christians from Germany. Their language is Pennsylvania Dutch and German is a dialect. For many years, people have seen them as secluded communities living in their own world and creating reality, far from our current era.
The Amish strictly follow the teachings in Ordnung. Ordnung is the German word for “order”, which is a set of rules that govern the way of life of the Amish and Mennonites. These communities live simple lifestyles and are known for their simple dress and avoidance of modern technology.
Although the Amish people seem to be a peaceful group, you may not know some hidden facts about their culture. Let’s take a look at the Amish traditions that you won’t believe in.
Today I want to share it is the Amish tradition of Shunning of Members
The Amish church congregation will excommunicate and shun any members who stray from their way of life. This prevents the individual from eating or even sleeping inside the community, let alone visiting friends or family. The other members will not accept gifts from the shunned member either.
There are a few different reasons why someone would choose shunning. Some individuals feel that Amish practices are outdated and may be uncomfortable with rituals like bundling or their stance on how women are treated. They may decide to drop the faith after experiencing Rumspringa. For this reason, the person may leave the church and the community altogether. Others may be involved in criminal activities, and their actions usually lead to them being shunned by the church and the community.