In Mexico, a decade of images shows Mennonites' traditions frozen in time

19/5/2022 4:50:00 PM

Their way of life is simple, with virtually no use of electricity or the internet.

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Their way of life is simple, with virtually no use of electricity or the internet.

ASCENCION, Mexico (Reuters) - The Mennonite community in Chihuahua, Mexico, can trace its roots as far back as a century ago, when the first such settlers came seeking ideal farming land, isolation from the outside world and the preservation of their religion.

But life can be difficult for them as modern technology creeps closer to their doorstep. It's not as easy to maintain their isolation as it was a hundred years ago.From low water reserves due to drought worsened by climate change to the rising cost of diesel to run farming pumps, the community has its own set of challenges as it seeks to thrive and grow.

For the last 100 years, Mexico has been home to Mennonite farmers, who migrated from Canada, where many still live.Descendants of 16th-century Protestant Anabaptist radicals from Germany, the Low Countries and Switzerland, Mennonites rejected military service and the concept of a church hierarchy, suffering years of persecution and making them reliant on the patronage of rulers eager to exploit their belief that agriculture and faith are intertwined.

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The community supports itself through its centuries-old tradition of farming: corn, chili peppers, cotton, onions. But life can be difficult for them as modern technology creeps closer to their doorstep. – EPA pic, May 18, 2022. It's not as easy to maintain their isolation as it was a hundred years ago. Those who test negative will be given a health code and allowed to board the plane. From low water reserves due to drought worsened by climate change to the rising cost of diesel to run farming pumps, the community has its own set of challenges as it seeks to thrive and grow.” Rights groups appealed for urgent action to tackle disappearances that have skyrocketed during years of spiralling drug-related violence. For the last 100 years, Mexico has been home to Mennonite farmers, who migrated from Canada, where many still live. "I am leaving Deutsche Bank with the deep conviction that we have all set the course for a successful future," he will add.

Descendants of 16th-century Protestant Anabaptist radicals from Germany, the Low Countries and Switzerland, Mennonites rejected military service and the concept of a church hierarchy, suffering years of persecution and making them reliant on the patronage of rulers eager to exploit their belief that agriculture and faith are intertwined. Sign-up now and enjoy one (1) week free access!. In particular, the embassy in the UAE removed the requirement for two nucleic acid tests 21 and 14 days prior to travel and the requirement for CT testing for recovered patients, and the embassy in Serbia removed the requirement for a health code application for those who have been vaccinated for less than 14 days. The community of El Sabinal - Spanish for"The Juniper" - was founded nearly 30 years ago in the dry, desert-like terrain of Chihuahua in northern Mexico. Today, Mennonite farmers have transformed it into fruitful farmland, often using antique farm equipment. They live in simple brick houses they build themselves, usually consisting of one open room. "It has also reached a stage where the vaccination rate of Chinese nationals overseas, especially students, is already high, which is the basis for reducing the frequency of testing and the duration of quarantine," Zhuang said. As the Mennonites expanded their farmland in drought-prone Chihuahua, where they have several communities, the demand for water increased. But in a reminder of past problems, prosecutors and federal police last month searched Deutsche's headquarters in a raid linked to suspicions of money laundering.

Over the years, they have faced allegations of sinking illegal wells from local farmers who complain the government gives them preferential treatment. "It is very expensive to pump diesel here. Shortening quarantine time was made based on the fact that the incubation period of the Omicron variant is shorter than that of pervious variants, an expert from the Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) told the Global Times on condition of anonymity. There is still water, but they have to sink more wells," said Guillermo Andres, a Mennonite who arrived in El Sabinal as a teenager. His devout family eschews the use of electricity and pumps well water using diesel fuel, an increasingly costly practice. The Mennonites' native language is typically Plautdietsch, a unique blend of Low German, Prussian dialects and Dutch. Subscribe to Mid-day email alert We deliver news to your inbox daily.

Many Mennonites, especially men who interact with local laborers, also speak Spanish. From schools to general stores, almost everything the Mennonites need they have built for themselves within the confines of their own communities. Mennonites generally finish school by the age of 12. Boys and girls sit separately in classrooms, just as men and women do in church pews on Sundays. It is not uncommon to see a child younger than 10 operating a tractor or driving a horse-drawn buggy on the white, dusty roads within the community.

These blue-eyed, blond-haired people marry young and focus on expanding their families. Many farmers said they had more than 10 children. In this way, they practice their religion through their everyday life. Men tend to the fields while women maintain the gardens at home and care for the children. The Mennonites' interaction with the outside world is mostly restricted to their relationships with local people who work for them as laborers in the community or to trips into town to buy goods.

"The traditions are living quietly in a neighborhood without trucks, without rubber tires, without electricity," Andres said."Our traditions come from Russia, from Russia to Canada and from Canada to Mexico. "I don't know about it (technology); that's how I was born and that's how I've been all my life; that's how I like to continue," he added. (Reporting by Jose Luis Gonzalez in Chihuahua and Cassandra Garrison in Mexico City; editing by Jonathan Oatis) Article type: metered .