What Is the Tradition Behind Amish Beards?


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Amish men grow beards after marriage in accordance with certain scriptures, including Psalm 133:1-2, which states that a man, after marrying, allows the beard to grow. Amish religious customs forbid mustaches because of their association with the military.

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What Is the Tradition Behind Amish Beards?
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The Amish, related to Menonites by their common Anabaptist origins, came to Pennsylvania in the 1800s. Believing in a literal interpretation of scripture, Amish strive to not conform to the world as referenced by Romans 12:2. The Amish religion prohibits modern transportation and electricity and having their photographs taken because of the Bible’s prohibition against graven images. Amish travel by horse-drawn carriage and plow their fields using animals.

The admonition to remain plain extends to clothing. Men wear dark suits without lapels, suspenders and hats. Except for their long-sleeved shirts, clothing fastens with a hook and eye. Women wear long-sleeved solid-colored dresses, black stockings, black shoes and a black head covering if they are married. Women who are not married wear a white head covering.

The main focus of Amish life is emphasis on humility and rejection of pride. They have a strong sense of community and freely assist each other when needed. Children attend Amish schools with home-based religious services held every two weeks.

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