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10 Facts About Amish Life That Will Surprise Outsiders

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7. Their dolls are a little creepy

The Amish are known for their crafts, including intricate rugs, but they also have a famous tradition of making dolls with no faces.

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The reason for the look is a religious ban against graven images, and also to show that we are all the same in God's eyes. For the same reasons, the Amish don't like to pose in pictures, and often ask tourists not to photograph their faces.

8. They use some technology

Despite what you may have heard, the Amish don't have an outright ban on technology, and they aren't afraid of the modern world. The reason for the ban on electricity and gadgets is to help the Amish live apart from the "English" society.

An Amish man checks a solar panel.Lancaster Online

Many Amish communities have phone booths, the Amish accept rides in cars, and many use gas-powered generators to run fridges or water heaters. Some buggies even power their lights with solar panels. These exceptions are all allowed because they don't use public utilities, which are associated with the outside world.

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There's even an Amish-approved computer, the Deskmate, which is a word processor and accounting tool that has no internet access.

9. Some Amish people age more slowly than regular folk

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In the isolated Amish communities of Iowa, researchers have identified a genetic mutation that slows the aging process. The mutated gene, known as Serpinel, gives the Amish better metabolic health, a lower chance of developing diabetes, and prevents baldness. On average, Amish people with the gene live 10 years longer than those without it.

10. You can become Amish

Almost all members of the faith are born into it, but it is possible to become Amish. You would need to find work in and live with an Amish community for a year. You also need to worship with the Amish and study their church's teachings. Then, the community can vote to let you join.

An Amish community gathers for a baptism.Horizon Times

Supposedly, the process is so difficult for "English" folk that only a few dozen people have joined the faith. Oh, and you'll also have to learn Pennsylvania Dutch, the dialect of German that most Amish people speak at home.

Finally, let's all enjoy an old-fashioned Amish barn raising:

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