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Only For My King

From: Salt Institute for Documentary Studies
Length: 07:44

Benuel Esch grew up Amish in Lancaster Pennsylvania, but twenty years ago he started asking questions. Though he left to explore other paths, he finds himself back in an Amish community in Unity, Maine, trying to make sense out of where he’s been and where he’s going.

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They prefer kerosene lamps to lightbulbs and horse and buggies to cars. Women wear bonnets and men wear brimmed hats. Rooted in Christianity, the Amish culture is a complex web of rules and rituals. Producer Sara Curtis shares this story of one man struggling with his Amish identity in rural Maine.

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They prefer kerosene lamps to lightbulbs and horse and buggies to cars. Women wear bonnets and men wear brimmed hats. Rooted in Christianity, the Amish culture is a complex web of rules and rituals. Producer Sara Curtis shares this story of one man struggling with his Amish identity in rural Maine.

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