Monks live in monasteries, which are mainly found in Europe, the U.K. and Asia. Monks are usually Christian, Buddhist and Hindu men.Continue Reading
The word monastery comes from the Greek term monos, which means alone. Monks withdraw from society and form communities devoted to religious practice. Monks usually spend a lot of time in prayer, and some orders or groups of monks are involved with the local population and provide medical or teaching services.
Monasteries are buildings where monks live and work, and most also include a chapel, church or temple. Their size ranges from one small building, housing a couple of monks, to large complexes occupied by tens or hundreds of monks. Some Buddhist monasteries are built in complex cave systems.Learn more about Religion
The practice among Buddhist monks of shaving their heads is symbolic of non-attachment, particularly to the ego or self. The head hair, or "kesa," is for many Buddhists one of five bodily features that obstruct knowledge of one's eternal nature. Traditionally, monks will shave their heads as part of their ordainment or, as the Japanese put it, "tokudo," which means "going to the other side."Full Answer >
Different types of monks include Christian, Buddhist, Jain, Vaishnava and Shaolin monks, among others. Monks practice religion in one of two ways. Eremitic monks are solitary hermits, while cenobitic monks live and pray together in a community.Full Answer >
A group of witches is known as a coven, and it was suggested throughout the biggest part of the 20th Century that witches in Europe met in covens consisting of 13 witches. In modern times, followers and practitioners of Wicca, who are known as Wiccans, gather in covens in much the same way that Christians gather in congregations.Full Answer >
The deciduous forest is a type of biome found throughout the eastern portion of North America, the middle of Europe and in some parts of Asia. The average deciduous forest experiences between 30 and 60 inches of annual rainfall, and the average annual temperature is approximately 50 degrees F. This biome is named for its principle vegetation, which includes many species of deciduous trees that shed their leaves annually.Full Answer >