Weird History

Rules And Rituals Jehovah's Witnesses Must Follow

All religions have rules that, to outsiders, can seem unnecessarily strict. The Jehovah's Witnesses, for example, belong to a society called The Watch Tower, which prevents them from enjoying any holidays (even birthdays), dating without chaperones, and even receiving life-saving blood transfusions. 

The practice most associated with Jehovah's Witnesses is, of course, knocking on doors early on weekend mornings to ask if they can share the good news of the gospel. While many outside of this group are deeply annoyed by this custom, few consider the experiences of the Jehovah's Witnesses themselves. Not only are they required to knock on countless doors only to repeat the same message ad nauseam, but, because of their less-than-stellar reputation in mainstream culture, these doors are often slammed in their faces.

Many of the other expectations Jehovah's Witnesses face seem foreign and rigid to outsiders, though each has its own history and significance for those who subscribe to the Jehovah's Witnesses' doctrine; below are listed some of these customs. Take a look and see how many you recognize.