Coats and vests are fastened with hooks and eyes but shirts have buttons (it is a myth that the Amish shun buttons). Married men must grow their beards whilst mustaches are forbidden.
Amish women cannot wear patterned clothing or jewelry and they are not permitted to cut their hair.
The reasons for these divisions are, as usual, over matters of doctrinal disagreement.
Amish communities are not centrally governed so each group comes up with their own version of the rule.
There are two types of Ordnung – those determined in the early history of the religion by conferences (these are usually written down rules) and those passed verbally within each group.
The length of clothing, like dresses, is strictly governed by the Ordnung of the community.
Not all the Amish are the same – as in most protestant religions there are divisions within the group, each following their own variations on the rules.
This is not a lawful form of punishment in the Amish and even though the person being punished may not be guilty of anything in the eyes of his own community, the loss of hair causes great shame and shunning (not the excommunication type – just the social embarrassment type).
Most recently an Amish sect leader Samuel Mullet (above) coerced 15 of his followers to attack other Amish communities in this way.They refuse to undertake any form of genetic testing prior to marriage which would ensure that they were sufficiently unrelated to their potential spouse.If you are one of the lucky Amish who hasn’t been born with a genetic mutation or disease (and you actually survived childbirth) – you have the benefit of reduced rates of cancer which may be attributed to their distinctive garb which includes head coverings.Funerals are held in the home of the dead and coffins are plain – hand made by the community.Graves are dug by hand because the Amish believe that modern technology is a hindrance to family life – as a result they shun electricity and machinery.This list looks at ten aspects of the Amish people.