Roots of Eremitical life

For root Eremitism is considered an Indian tradition that the head brahmana family in old age went into seclusion and lived as a hermit in the woods. Hermit motifs also appear in Greek Pythagoreans (Pythagoras) and the Stoics (Diogenes), biblical characters (Elijah and Elisha on Mount Carmel, John the Baptist, …

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