Over 600 women make up the population of Noiva do Cordeiro, southeast Brazil – most aged between 20 and 35.
Nelma Fernandes, 23, said: “We all dream of falling in love and getting married. But we like living here and don’t want to have to leave the town to find a husband.[AdsWithin]
“We’d like to get to know men who would leave their own lives and come to be a part of ours.
“But first they need to agree to do what we say and live according to our rules.”
The town’s founder Maria Senhorinha de Lima and the next five generations of her family were excommunicated by the Catholic church in 1891.
Shunned by the local population, she and other women who subsequently went to live with them were vilified as loose women and prostitutes, causing them to isolate themselves from the outside world.