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Jordi Ruiz – Menonos

May 3, 2012

 This beautiful photo series is by a photographer called Jordi Ruiz, who spent time documenting a group of people known as Mennonites. He says that portraits are really, really, difficult to take, as photography is forbidden within their community. He must of been really charming, because he managed to get some really great photos of them.

– In the Bolivian lowlands there is the home of more than 50.000 Mennonites, who arrived here during the fifties, mainly from Mexico and Canada. Mennonites are Christian Anabaptists who left Germany around the XVI century, and since then have been migrating from country to country in order to preserve their lifestyle. Throughout this migration they have always remained apart from the local population, and have preserved their ancestral way of life; refusing to use most modern utilities like cars, telephones or electricity, and maintaining a very humble existence. However, the pressure of a consumerist society and the new ideas of the younger generation are creating difficulties threatening the existence of their very lifestyle.

* With no birth control Mennonite families are big, with an average of 10 kids per family, and reaching the maximum of 19 children from the same woman.

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  • joface May 3, 2012 at 11:32 am

    flippen amazing

  • angie May 3, 2012 at 11:41 am

    just too awesome, right?

  • diné May 4, 2012 at 6:22 am

    amazing photographs! thanks for sharing friend 🙂 x

  • Hannah @ Sparrow + Spark! May 4, 2012 at 8:41 am

    This is amazing! Some great portraits here as you say- beautiful.

  • Geraldine May 4, 2012 at 6:49 pm

    I’ve been to Bolivia many times and i’ve seen mennonite people. I like very much their culture, i mean, i admire it because i couldn’t avoid tech and modern things they also seem to be polite. I respect them very much.
    I really like your blog 🙂
    Geraldine, from Argentina.