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 to share is the Amish tradition of Marrying within the Community
An Amish individual can only date and marry another Amish person. Their dedication to their faith and culture encourages them to remain closely knit. In some areas, inbreeding may occur as a result. This can happen when the community is small, and there are not many options available in terms of spouses. It wouldn’t be surprising to find cousins marrying each other. Some communities are battling children having unexplained conditions and genetic disorders as a result.
Genetic testing could be a solution for these children, but unfortunately, the Amish do not believe in this science either. Another solution would be for them to marry outside the local gene pool. However, since they can only marry other Amish, this limits them and goes against their beliefs and practices.