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From Rumspringa to Marriage: An Excerpt from The Amish
     

From Rumspringa to Marriage: An Excerpt from The Amish

by Donald B. Kraybill
 

Rumspringa, literally translated as "running around," is a time when Amish youth socialize with their peers and are allowed some autonomy before officially joining the church as young adults. It has become one of the most recognized aspects of Amish life, both real and mythologized. During this time they face the two most crucial decisions of their lives:

Overview

Rumspringa, literally translated as "running around," is a time when Amish youth socialize with their peers and are allowed some autonomy before officially joining the church as young adults. It has become one of the most recognized aspects of Amish life, both real and mythologized. During this time they face the two most crucial decisions of their lives: whether to join the church, and if and whom to marry. Rumspringa, an exciting adventure and at times a period of inner turmoil, commences at age sixteen—or seventeen in more traditional groups—and continues until marriage. With few exceptions, adolescents eagerly count the days until they are old enough to join the young folks. In this digital short, Kraybill considers the nuances of this important rite of passage into Amish adulthood.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781421410470
Publisher:
Johns Hopkins University Press
Publication date:
03/20/2013
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
32
Sales rank:
1,004,123
File size:
2 MB
Age Range:
18 Years

Meet the Author

Donald B. Kraybill, Ph.D., is senior fellow at the Young Center of Elizabethtown College. Among his many publications, he has authored or coauthored numerous books on Amish society. The Young Center fielded hundreds of media calls in the week following the shooting.

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