(Closed) Breaking Amish

posted 6 years ago in The Lounge
Post # 3
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

Rumspringa is for 16 year olds, in the commercials those kids looked older than that.  Any older they are shunned forever.

Post # 4
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2015

This article clears up some of the misconceptions about Rumspringa.

I watched the premiere too… looks like it’s going to be an interesting show!

Post # 7
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: April 2016

Dang it, I wanted to watch it and didn’t know it was on tonight! Hopefully I can catch a rerun! I thought it looked so interesting.

Post # 9
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

Yeah they are all in their early 20’s.   Fascinating stuff, but it looks like the show furnished them with an apartment together in Manhattan – so – not exactly a realistic portryal of an individual deciding to leave that life.

Post # 10
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: February 2014

I’m so fascinated by this show/these cultures. I need to learn more! I missed the first 20 minutes so missed what they were doing in New York/how they got these opportunities they speak of/how they’re gonna pay foreverything! Haha. Can anyone fill in the blanks? 

Post # 11
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: December 2011

We have an interesting Mennonite community around here somewhere, I only really know because I see a few of the women in Walmart in some of the more traditional style clothing. And apparently Silver Dollar City in Branson is considered wholesome entertainement because when I was there a couple summers ago, SOOO many Mennonite/Amish (I’m not sure which, but all dressed incredibly traditionally) were there. I don’t normally feel skanky in soccer shorts and a tank top. :/

While the whole idea appeals to me in some ways, I am pretty sure if I could give up the internet I was born in the wrong century and would love to live in that tight knit and caring community on a farm and sew my own clothes and can and grow food and stuff, at the same time totally disowning your kids for not choosing that life-style is incredibly sad to me. But I would also take anything from a show like this with a grain of salt. They intentionally pick the most extreme and dramatic cases. A story about a kid who grew up Amish and decides to leave and his parents still love and support him just isn’t as entertaining as the one who has a huge blow up with his dad about how if he leaves he can never come back. 

Post # 12
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

Amish are anabaptists, meaning that they make the decision to join the church and be baptised as an adult. Teenagers are not yet part of the church and thus go on rumspringa and are allowed a certain degree of freedom. But once you join the church, you live according to strict rules and if you choose to leave, you are shunned by the Amish community.

I didn’t see the show, but the biggest Amish community in the world is pretty much in my backyward. I’m guessing the Amish in the show are either old enough to have been baptised, that they are thinking of permanently leaving the community, or that it’s played up for the camera.

Post # 13
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

@AB Bride:  a friend of mines mother is a Mennonite, you wouldn’t know what religion they are by looking at them.  You might guess by as covered up as they tend to be and different secs have different traditions and/or customs. 

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