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Mendicant (Word Definition, Latin Mendicans)


Mendicant Basic Facts:
  • From the Latin mendicans.
  • Refers to begging (see image) or relying on charity donations.
  • Particularly used in the context of religious followers (or ascetics) who rely exclusively on charitable donations to survive.
  • In general, mendicant orders or followers do not own property, either individually or collectively.
  • They have taken a vow of poverty, so that all their time & energy can be expended on promoting their religion, or way of life, & serving the poor.
Mendicant Religious Orders:
  • Buddhism monasticic orders.
  • Catholic mendicant orders - i.e. Franciscans, Dominicans.
  • Dervishes (some) in Sufi Islam
  • Hindu ascetics
Dominicans follow Saint Dominic.
Franciscans
follow Saint Francis of Assisi.

Image - Mendicants, New York City, 1910.
By bobster855 (cc)

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