The Amish are a group of traditional Christians from Germany. Their language is Pennsylvania Dutch and German is a dialect. For many years, people have seen them as secluded communities living in their own world and creating reality, far from our current era.
The Amish strictly follow the teachings in Ordnung. Ordnung is the German word for “order”, which is a set of rules that govern the way of life of the Amish and Mennonites. These communities live simple lifestyles and are known for their simple dress and avoidance of modern technology.
Although the Amish people seem to be a peaceful group, you may not know some hidden facts about their culture. Let’s take a look at the Amish traditions that you won’t believe in.
Today I want to share the Amish tradition of Dating Rituals
Amish are traditional Christians and are strict about not having sex before marriage. However, young adults, who get married at around the age of 20 to 22, usually start dating at 16. They have the opportunity to socialize at functions at church or during home visits. Sunday night singing also provides a chance to meet and interact.
Since premarital sex is forbidden, they have to undergo a ritual called bundling or bed courtship. When a young man is interested in a lady, he’s taken to the girl’s room, and he is to stay there till morning before the family wakes up.
But it’s not as sexy as it sounds. There is no sexual contact, and either a wooden board is placed between the pair or they’re tied up in sacks until morning. They are expected to lie in bed together. As a couple, your options are to talk or go to sleep. Bed courtship is to be done every two weeks. The dating ritual is to create an opportunity for the couple to talk and know each other on a more intimate level without breaking their moral laws. Essentially, it’s an old-school version of Netflix and Chill.