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asceticism

[aset′isiz′əm]
Etymology: Gk, askein, to exercise
(in psychiatry) a defense mechanism that involves repudiation of all instinctual impulses. The concept is derived from the religious doctrine that material things are evil and only spiritual things are good.
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T]he behavior of the Enshoji community as a whole, in all aspects of its life, contributed to the atmosphere of ascetic discipline and purity that Bunchi needed in order to make sure the nation prospered and the dead were cared for (191).
The administrative concern with establishing a sedentary population of identifiable tribes and castes led to the merging of the figure of the ascetic with "powerful wandering and/or predatory groups" that expressed authority "through plunder or by collecting tribute" (Freitag 235).
15) Not surprisingly, some continued ascetic practices.
Swami Nigamanand who fasted to save the Ganga was an inspirational ascetic who died for the cause he undertook.
bar]d were said to have learned ascetic praxis in exchanges with Chris-tian monks" (p.
Those who first retreated into the Egyptian desert to live the ascetic life were also withdrawing from ecclesiastical structures and practices, including the regular celebration of the Eucharist, so how can we speak, apart from metaphorically, of 'the Eucharist being central to the discussion of the ascetic body'?
Yet far from being merely a temporary remedy for spiritual pride, manual labor, along with poverty, is depicted as a principal characteristic of the ascetic life.
For Stock, the ascetic approach to the question of reading is one that always contains an ethical dimension (as opposed to the aesthetic approach which does not), and is an approach which can be traced back to Plato and Augustine.
The concern to guard traditional values of wealth and marriage, coupled with disdain for ascetic prestige that rivaled aristocratic honores, prejudiced some against Christian asceticism that took too vigorous a form.
So far, however, there has been little attention given to ascetic practices as they are undertaken now.
You may be thinking that the ascetic eating habits of swimsuit models should have spared them from illness.
I don't want to have a climate in the country," Nader says early on, "where one has to have an ascetic existence and steely determination in order to speak truthfully.