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Wednesday, April 09, 2008

Amish Gone Wild

Largely shrouded from the public eye, The Amish live without machinery, electricity and many of the conveniences that most of us take for granted. Having lived in a community where I occasionally interacted with them, I'm amazed when I discover new things about them. I recently saw the documentary detailing the Amish rite of passage called rumspringa, "Devil's Playground" which gave an interesting look into a normally unseen world. During this period of discovery, the Amish teens step away from their community and try on the "English" way of life and all its' vices. Many of them wear western clothes, drive cars, drink, smoke, and do drugs, although not all of them get "THAT" wild. After they get it out of their system they then can return to the fold, accept the Amish way, and be recognized as adults. A surprisingly large amount of them DO decide to return.

A "slightly" less serious take on the subject from Busted Tees, featuring this Amish: Don't Drink or Drive t-shirt.
|| JM, 10:37 PM


Did you know a lot of sexual abuse goes on in the Amish community? I knew a girl who left her Amish family and never looked backed.
Blogger Liz, at 12:33 AM  
No, that's news to me. And according to Oprah, they are responsible for many of the "puppy mills" as well.
Blogger JM, at 8:07 AM  
They are an odd people.
Blogger cube, at 11:54 AM  
Then again, when viewed from the proper perspective; aren't we all?
Blogger JM, at 7:50 AM  

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