Tuesday, July 8, 2008

Visiting the Amish

We took Candace and Brooke out to see the Amish about 10 miles southeast of Moberly. Candace's first impression when entering an Amish store was that she felt like she was "in the middle of a movie set." They tried on some Amish hats in the store we visited.

Both girls liked seeing the little children playing outside and tried to sneak a few pictures so as not to offend the people. From what I've read, the Amish believe that being photographed violates the Bible’s second commandment. (Specifically, “Thou shalt not make thee any graven image, or any likeness of anything that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath …”). It’s allegedly not against an Amish person’s religion to be photographed. The Amish religion does, however, prohibit POSING for photographs. If you ask an Amish person for permission to take their picture, they will politely say no – as this could be construed as a willingness to “pose.” One thing I also read was that...the Amish are baptized as adults and so children, not yet church members, are not under the same religious prohibitions regarding photography.

They took pictures of some cows, two pre-teen boys speeding by in their horse and buggy, and a little boy playing with his dog in a small wagon.

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