However, instead of Baptising their children when they are infants, the Amish wait until much later in life, between the ages of 14-18.
They do this because they believe that by this age, a person is able to independently make a choice to pledge himself to the Amish faith, because he wants to, not because his parents did it for him when he was young.
Its no secret that the Amish society is a patriarchal one.
Men make all decisions, receive the inheritance, and lead their families as “man of the house.” Most times, the women are expected to do the will of their husbands without questioning him.
Another aspect of Amish dating (though it is not practiced in all communities) is called “Bundling.” This stems back to biblical times, when the warmest, most comfortable place in the house was the bed.
To get to know each other even better, teens in a steady relationship will share the bed, fully clothed and without physical contact, and stay up talking all night.
The Amish community has been dramatized in the media, being featured in shows and movies such as Breaking Amish and Sex Drive. Here’s what you really need to know about the Amish. They believe that the Earth should stay as it God originally created it, so you won’t find any lamps or cars in their communities.
Instead, you’ll see them riding horse-drawn buggies and lighting their homes with candles.
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After getting their dose of the outside world through Rumshpringa, most Amish teens decide to come home and officially pledge themselves to their faith.
The strength of these communities through faith and strong family values, makes most teens realize that the vices of the world do not give them true happiness.
Eventually, William Penn offered them a place to call home in Pennsylvania, USA.
Some of the largest Amish communities are still living in Pennsylvania, while others have branched out to form communities of their own other states such as Ohio and Nebraska.