The Amish shun electricity and technology, and as a closed society, most of their lives are hidden in secrecy. But the world is changing and even they have to open up eventually, allowing the outside world to glimpse into their fascinating way of life.

The Amish religion comes from 16th century Europe. Anabaptist leader Jakob Ammann formed his community when his conservative beliefs clashed with the Anabaptist faith. Most of the Amish ended up in America as part of the Pennsylvania Dutch community.

You’ll also find Amish communities in Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Iowa, Maryland, and Canada. Read on to learn more about this community that keeps their teachings in their heads.