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Pennsylvania Dutch Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Q.     Plain Dutch and Gay Dutch?

A.      The Plain Dutch include the Mennonites, the Amish, the Brethren, the Moravian, the Dunkard and other Annabaptist and "Plain Dress" sects. Plain people de-emphasize outward adornment. Plain dress is a part of the nonconformity and the separation from the world principle. The Gay Dutch include the Catholics, the Reformed, the Lutheran and other German churches not practicing "plain people" principles.

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