Dramatic Photos of Fully Grown Adults Getting Baptised

It's not just screaming children who are taking the plunge in Romania.

by Remus Ţiplea, Words by Robert Alexe
06 November 2015, 11:00am

Pentecostal Christians performing a baptism in a river.

This article originally appeared on VICE Romania

When you hear the word baptism, you probably think of piss-poor catering and a screaming child being doused in water, right? This might be the case in Britain but in Romania – the European Union's most religious country – baptisms aren't always that straightforward.

Photographer Remus Ţiplea has been studying the ways in which various Christian denominations admit their followers. "Orthodox and Catholic Christians baptise their new-borns, whereas Pentecostals, Adventists and Jehovah's Witnesses are baptised when they hit adulthood," Remus explains. "People don't take the plunge until they feel ready to do so, because it's considered a very important process and usually happens in front of the entire community."

A Jehovah's witness baptism.

He continues: "Each community is guided by certain rules, and if you follow them, they will welcome you. I've established a strong connection with many of them, they know me and are used to me being around."

Of course, there have also been times when things didn't go according to plan: "Once, I travelled a few hundred kilometres to where the ceremony was taking place, and the leaders of the congregation simply forbade me from taking any pictures. At another ceremony, I was told, very politely, that I wasn't welcome at their ritual because I had a beard. My favourite experience was in a village on the bank of the river Somes. The priests were baptising people in the river and I actually followed them in so I could take pictures. I was up to my neck in water."

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The Pentecostal church only baptises people close to adulthood.

Adventists praying before a baptism.

A Christian Orthodox baptism.

Jehovah's Witnesses watching a baptism

A Pentecostal Christian is baptised in a giant water tank.

A young man gets a Christian Orthodox baptism.

The baptism of a Pentecostal church member.

Pentecostal Christians pray during baptism.

Pentecostal Christians walking towards a river to be baptised.

A Pentecostal Christian getting baptised.

A Pentecostal baptism in Camarzana, Satu Mare County.