The Mennonites in Argentina - A people of the past in a different present, living as they have for the past century: with no electricity, no cars and no known television or radio. Argentina. 10/06/2010
The Mennonites came to Argentina in 1987 and live just as those in the past century: no electricity, no cars, no known television or radio. The believe that the reading of the Bible demands a life of isolation and withdrawal. In Guatraché, province of La Pampa amongst a gentle but steady wind through the mysterious Mennonite colony the withdrawal of their life is highlighted.
It becomes apparent amongst the rhyme austere houses, each similar to the another, with gabled roofs and a style more typical of the Netherlands, but especially Extem-Poranen, which are erected on the sides of the dusty streets, how isolated they really are.
They came to the land of Argetina in 1987 from Mexico and Bolivia, acquiring 10,000 hectares which in turn divided into ten fields. Each of these groups of societies has a church and a school of its own. The region now inhabited by about 1,200 Mennonites people. In this culture, religion is the fundamental principle and alderman not just for social order but also on all spheres of human activity, including politics and economics. The orthodox reading of the Bible is claimed to demand a deep life of isolation from austerity and renunciation.