Religion: Into the Devil's World

An Amish farm is likely to have a horse-drawn buggy in the yard and no electric lights in the house. The men of the sect (an offshoot of the Mennonites) wear wide-brimmed black hats, plain black suits, and beards; the women, plain bonnets and voluminous clothes. For some 35,000 thrifty, hard-working Amish folk, living mostly in Ohio, Indiana and Pennsylvania, the Devil is a sleepless foe, whom they dodge by foregoing automobiles, plumbing, cosmetics, store-bought underwear, high-school education and all manner of frivolity. Amish folk seldom break through the black homespun that seems to divide them from their neighbors, but when...

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