Latin American countries like Bolivia, Paraguay and Mexico are home to Mennonite settlement: colonies striking members of the Anabaptist Christian movement who reject many things which we think are essential part of our life, for example, cars or power consumption or alcohol. Although their members often shun photographers, we show below an image gallery that shows their daily lives.

Why Mennonites Religious Community Refuse To Use Electricity?


Mennonites are an Anabaptist branch of Christianity that denies selflessly of the consumer society. Their colonies are found mainly in Latin America, Asia and Africa. Mennonites seem to be anchored in the sixteenth century, with men working from dawn to dusk in the fields and women caring for numerous families whose stems have little hobbies.

“What really surprised me was the lack of them pastimes: music and games are forbidden,” says the photographer Jordi Ruiz Barcelona Cirera, who earned their trust and managed to photograph during a trip to Bolivia conducted between 2011 and 2012.

According to his testimony, in the settlements there is only one church and a shop, but there are no cafes or restaurants, nor soccer fields, parks or gardens. Life there is peaceful and predictable and reduced to work and take care of the family.

“They have no ambition, anxiety about the future or the material surrounding the society in which we live, which is quite interesting,” says the artist.

Their religion is very restrictive: they cannot get behind the wheel of a car or use electricity.Nor can they use drugs or alcohol or use contraceptives.



Despite being a gated community, visitors to the Mennonite settlements describe them as very hospitable and curious. They are interested in what happens beyond their colonies. Therefore, this chart is a graphic testimony gallery of special value.