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.
- Buddhism monasticic orders.
- Catholic mendicant orders - i.e. Franciscans, Dominicans.
- Dervishes (some) in Sufi Islam
- Hindu ascetics
Franciscans follow Saint Francis of Assisi.
Image - Mendicants, New York City, 1910.
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