Amish Mafia: Established in the 17th Century

They've been around.  The English just didn't need to know it.

They’ve been around. The English just didn’t need to know it.

The opening paragraph of my thesis paper about religious conspiracy in Lancaster, Pennsylvania.

Religion 368

Popular Culture Project

“I play all over the United States and can say ‘Lancaster, Pennsylvania’ anywhere and they will know where you are talking about.  Isn’t that amazing?!”                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             ~Suzanne Westenhoefer

It is safe to assume that across the county, and often world-wide, Lancaster, Pennsylvania is a town people have heard about and even traveled to visit.  What the world did not know about is the secret society within this tight-knit, quiet community that places God above all.  The secret organization, known now as the Amish Mafia, has come out of hiding after organizing in the late 17th century.  The ease of a religious secret society to hide in a closed community is reasonable as the Amish have little interaction with those outside of their religion.  They chose to live without what most people consider the basics in life.  They have their own moral beliefs, rules, rituals and history to live by in addition to the traditional commandments upheld by those of the Christian faith.  This paper will exam the traditional beliefs of the Amish community, the reality program produced by the Discovery Channel titled, The Amish Mafia, and the veracity of the televised program portraying the conspiracy of a secret organization hidden in Lancaster, Pennsylvania.


  1. Anonymous says:

    It is a great topic. I didn’t see the documentary on the Discovery Channel. I can only seem to get one paragraph, is there more?

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