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Shenoute and the Women of the White Monastery$
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Rebecca Krawiec

Print publication date: 2002

Print ISBN-13: 9780195129434

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2003

DOI: 10.1093/0195129431.001.0001

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Daily Life in the White Monastery Under Shenoute

Daily Life in the White Monastery Under Shenoute

(p.13) 1 Daily Life in the White Monastery Under Shenoute
Shenoute and the Women of the White Monastery

Rebecca Krawiec (Contributor Webpage)

Oxford University Press

The daily life for monks, male and female, in the White Monastery revolved around work and prayer, which together created a monastic spirituality. This chapter begins by placing Shenoute and his leadership in the context of the emergence of monasticism in Egypt under Pachomius and Athanasius. After outlining the daily routine and requirements of food and clothing, I explore less tangible areas, such as spiritual values and the control of sexuality, which contribute to a monastic culture. Finally, I explain the authority structures, again accompanying this outline with an analysis of the exercise of power by those within and outside the monastic hierarchy.

Keywords:   Athanasius, authority, clothing, food, monastic, monastic culture, Pachomius, power, sexuality, spirituality

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