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Mendicant Orders
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[German Version]

The mendicant orders are religious communities in the West in which not only do the individual members live without personal possessions, but the community itself also forgoes ownership of property and regular income (Poverty). They sustain themselves on what they get from simple work, contributions, and begging. The mendicant orders originated in the early 13th century in conjunction with the religious poverty movement: the Dominicans, a clerical order of priests engaged in preaching, pastoral care, and combating heterodox movements, and the Franciscans, a br…

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Köpf, Ulrich, “Mendicant Orders”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 20 November 2019 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1877-5888_rpp_SIM_01906>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013



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