Daily Life in the White Monastery Under Shenoute

Rebecca Krawiec

in Shenoute and the Women of the White Monastery

Published in print February 2002 | ISBN: 9780195129434
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780199834396 | DOI:
Daily Life in the White Monastery Under Shenoute

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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

Chapter.  10167 words. 

Subjects: History of Religion

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