It is estimated that at present there are one and a half million Mennonites in the world and that they are distributed most of the time in Latin America, the United States and Canada and, to a lesser extent, in countries such as India, Democratic Republic of Congo , Indonesia and Russia. This group leads a life isolated from the rest of society and call themselves “Brothers of Christ”.
Its origin is related to the Protestant Reformation of the 16th century
In the 16th century, the Lutheran Reformation caused a deep division in Christianity. Within this religious context, new currents emerged and one of them was the Anabaptist, which defended the baptism of adults and not among newborns. One of the religious leaders of this movement was the Dutchman Menno Simons, who is considered the founder of the Mennonite movement (the Mennonite word comes precisely from the founder’s name). Mennonites
Characteristics of Mennonite Culture
They live in communities and generally engage in agricultural and livestock activities organized through cooperatives. In their daily life they do not use current technology (they do not use the telephone or motor vehicles and their usual means of transport is the horse-drawn carriage).
His dress is very simple, where men, women and children adopt a ranch style clothing. Their dress is in accordance with your lifestyle, based on austerity, discipline , hard work and weekly church attendance.
Boys and girls are separated at school and usually do not attend higher education. The education system is very rudimentary, since the Bible serves as the only reading book and they have basic knowledge of mathematics.
Although each country speaks its native language, the Mennonites retain their original language, which is a dialect of German known as Plattdüütch.
They do not play sports and avoid any activity that they find tempting, especially dancing , music and alcohol consumption. Mennonites
A community pursued throughout history
Although the Mennonites are accepted by governments today, it must be remembered that for centuries they were persecuted. At their origins in the 16th century, they were persecuted because they believed their religious beliefs were heresy. This circumstance led many of them to emigrate to other countries.
In the 18th century, Empress Catherine II of Russia welcomed thousands of Mennonites so that they could cultivate the land and practice their religious beliefs in freedom , but in the following decades they were expelled because the authorities objected to not fulfilling their military service . Mennonites
At the beginning of the 20th century, the Canadian government expelled the Mennonites because they did not accept the regular education system and did not want to renounce the use of their language and customs. After World War II, Stalin decided to expel them definitively and because of this measure the religious persecution practiced by the communist regime of the Soviet Union was founded.