Encyclopedia of Latin American Religions

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Mennonites in Latin America

  • Cicilian Luiza Löwen Sahr
  • Wolf-Dietrich SahrEmail author
Living reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-08956-0_585-1


Mennonites are a relatively small group of Protestants in Latin America; in all about 200,000 believers are scattered in concentrated settlements in several countries, living predominantly in Mexico, Bolivia, Paraguay, Brazil, and Honduras. Due to severe persecution throughout the religious turmoil in Europe in the sixteenth and seventeenth century, their history is mainly bound to ethnic and religious migration from Central and Eastern Europe to North America and later also to Central and South America; only recently Mennonites are also actively involved in missionary activities.

Introduction and General History

Mennonites are members of the radical reformist movement, as an early case of religious deinstitutionalization (Institutionalization of Religion). Around 1525, the Reformation gained staunch supporters in Switzerland (Zurich and Basel region) and Southern Germany (Strasbourg, Black Forest), especially among priests, intellectuals, merchants, and richer farmers....


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Cicilian Luiza Löwen Sahr
    • 1
  • Wolf-Dietrich Sahr
    • 2
    Email author
  1. 1.Department for GeosciencesState University of Ponta GrossaPonta GrossaBrazil
  2. 2.Federal University of ParanáCuritibaBrazil