The Amish Keep These Details Hidden for A Good Reason

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3. Some Amish teens have a rite of passage called Rumspringa where they’re encouraged to live in the outside world. 

Source: National Geographic

The Amish believe in allowing their children to make their choice about whether they’ll remain with the faith. Some Amish encourage their youth to go out and experience life in the “real” world, the world beyond their simple traditions. This phenomenon is known as Rumspringa and occurs between the ages of 16 to 21; Rumspringa comes from the Pennsylvania German word Rumspringen, or “running around.” During Rumspringa youth attend concerts, visit malls, drink, and do other activities that non-Amish youth may do.

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