If you've ever wondered what it would be like to live amongst the Amish, your not alone. There are thousands and thousands of articles, documentaries, reality shows, and movies that try to show what day-to-day life is like in Amish communities. Finding consistent rules and traditions across different populations scattered across Michigan, these rituals may vary.

Why Amish Communities Traditions and Rituals May Vary

Every Amish settlement follows a very strict set of rules that dictate how their lives are to be led called an Ordnung. Because each communities Elders may be more or less progressive, you may see some Amish homes utilizing electricity utilizing solar energy on their land. This works around their rule of using resources provided outside of their circle, which would result in dependence on something or someone other than God.

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Both this article, and the one linked above, are quick overviews of Amish culture. Should you like to learn more and engage someone of the faith, it is considered good manners to approach a male in the group. The Amish are a patriarchal society, but that does not mean women in their religion aren't respected. This practice may seem out of touch to people on the outside but, it is a part of their lives and beliefs, and therefore should be respected.

11 Rituals the Amish Practice in Michigan

Amish rituals are long-standing behaviors that are a vital part of their belief systems. Here are 11 rituals your Amish neighbors in Michigan practice. Please keep in mind that different Amish communities may have different traditions and rituals, as their leaders may be more or less strict in their adherence to their Ordnung.

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