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Old 02-09-2004, 02:42 PM
Colinmarshall Colinmarshall is offline
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Why do Amish guys have beards but no mustaches?

Why do Amish guys have beards but no mustaches? Though this is based on a small amount of observation, Iíve noticed that the Amish men who have beards never seem to have mustaches; just the sort of ear-to-ear sideburn thing. Why is this? Is their lifestyle not conducive to the mustache, or is it more of a religious thing?

Iíve thought about this for years yet never heard it discussed.
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Old 02-09-2004, 02:51 PM
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The Amish have traditionally associated mustaches with the military and police, and do not wear them so as to symbolically separate themselves from those groups.

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Old 02-09-2004, 03:23 PM
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This practice, along with many others, appears about to change.
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Old 02-09-2004, 04:34 PM
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I know that Mennonites and Amish are not synonymous. But I've heard from a Mennonite friend of the family that the reason Mennonite men don't wear moustaches is that Mennonite women don't like them. I would not be surprised to learn that the reason is the same for the Amish.
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Old 02-09-2004, 05:03 PM
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I hadn't even noticed. Do some people think I'm Amish because I have a beard and no mustache?
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Old 02-09-2004, 05:13 PM
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I believe Scarlett67 is correct. Don't have a cite, but that's what I was taught in Sunday School ... Practice died out quite a few years ago in my denomination (Church of the Brethren, a closely related Anabaptist sect to the Mennonites/Amish), so that may already have reached, um, 'pastoral legend' status.

Didn't stop my minister from teasing me when I came back from college with a beard & mustache. My parents were a bit flabbergasted, but suggested one day that I shave the beard & leave the mustache. The good reverend happened to be near at the time, and said I should go with the 'traditional' look instead & shave just the mustache. I'm pretty sure he was joking, but my folks didn't seem to find it amusing ...
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