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Mennonite-Amish Culture in the Pen-Mar Highlands, page 3

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siders nor do they hold revival meetings. "Three great values are cherished by the Amish people: a devout religion, an agrarian way of life, and a cohesive family and community."2 The beginning and end of existence here on earth belongs to the seasons in league with the natural cycles of their farm-home life. "The highest value and ultimate goal for the Amish is eternal life."3

Marriage is perhaps the highest sublimity of their faith with respecting life on earth. For them the sine qua non of sound membership is a sound marriage. The contracting parties must belong to the same congregation or the same branch or family of congregations. The church's secret of survival is the unquestioned Tightness of the inter-marriage of its members. This is practiced on the basis of biology—never allowing marriage of close blood relation.

"Cigar smoking is a pastime indulged in by adult Amish men in some localities. The use of alcohol is officially discouraged."3 "Mental illness is probably as prevalent among the Amish as it is in modern society. They have their proportion of suicides too."4

Their schools are somewhat parochial in character. The state provides, in most instances, the building and teaching staff. They are tax payers and are entitled to state aid. But they require of their children only an elementary education—up to the eighth grade.


Felix G. Robinson

2 "Amish Life", p. 5.
3 "Amish Life", pp. 5, 25, 26.
4 "Amish Life", p. 3

Amish parents catechizing their children. Picture through courtesy Dr. Alta Schrock, Director, Penn Alps


Collection Location:
Ruth Enlow Library, Oakland

Original Size:
22 x 15 cms

Maryland, History

Western Maryland, 1750-1963

Western Maryland Regional Library
100 South Potomac Street
Hagerstown, Maryland 21740

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