In 1958 a considerable group of Mennites travelled down from Canada to Central America. They considered Canada to be too modern and sought after the simplicity of a more traditional society. Their search led them to Mexico and Paraguay. And to Belize, the setting of this newly published volume. This book is the first important study about the Mennite community in Belize, consisting of approximately 10.000 people. Much like the Amish in the US, these Mennites transport themselves in characteristic horse drawn buggies, they live in large families and try to keep their houses and households as sober as possible. And they are religious, of course. Although modernity is slowly moving ahead, even for them.
Carel Roessingh is anthropologist, working at the department of Culture, Organization and Management at the Faculty of Social Sciences. Tanja Plasil is an anthropologist.