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 Rumspringa, the Amish tradition
For a tight-knit community committed to their way of life, you’d be mistaken to think that there’s no chance for native-born Amish to explore the ‘outside world.’ But Amish adolescents have an opportunity to experience a sense of personal freedom when they reach the ages of anywhere from 14 to 16.
Rumspringa is a rite of passage. And the name of this tradition translates to running around, hopping around, or jumping. The teens will not be under parental control and will get to have worldly experiences. They get to experience driving, technology, drinking, smoking, and non-traditional dressing and hairstyles.
During Rumspringa, adolescents go through the ultimate test of their faith. They usually undergo this journey right before they are baptized. After the experience, they decide whether they will stay in the Amish community and be devoted to the church or leave the church and the community.
However, it does seem that Amish parents are successful in training their children to keep the faith because they have a high retention rate and most of the youth choose to stay. However, the reasons for return are debatable because the teen could willingly choose to stay or they may opt to stay out of fear of being shunned.