Shunned

workhorse, Amish shunning

Shunned.

Shunning is a discipline method used by many of the Amish when a member of their church blatantly breaks with their established traditions. Leaving the church after having joined as an adult is the most common reason people are shunned. Shunning involves ignoring and avoiding the offending person.

I climbed a small embankment on this snowy day to photograph this beautiful workhorse. To my surprise, the horse turned its head away from me when it saw the camera. Now I know the Amish don’t want their faces photographed. However, I never had a horse do this to me. This beauty watched me exit my vehicle. The horse then assumed this position as I photographed it. Once I put the camera down, the horse bolted away to join another workhorse in the snow-covered pasture.

“Shunned” is my Photo of the Week.

© Bruce Stambaugh 2016

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Filed under Amish, Ohio's Amish country, Photo of the Week, photography, rural life, weather, writing

3 responses to “Shunned

  1. Katie Troyer

    Dogs don’t like their pictures taken.

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  2. Great photo! The lighting adds to the feeling of isolation.

    Minor suggestion: I would say “the Amish” or “Amish people” rather than “Amish humans.”

    I wrote a short essay (650 words) called “Shunning Someone You Disagree With.” If you would like to read it, I am open to any feedback: https://christopherjohnlindsay.wordpress.com/2017/02/05/shunning/

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