Encyclopedia > Nun

  Article Content

Nun

In Egyptian mythology, Nun is an alternate spelling for Nu, which see for more details.


A nun is a woman who takes vows, the most obvious one being of chastity but usually also of poverty and obedience[?]. There are nuns in Christian traditions (Roman Catholic and Anglican, (and possibly others), and nuns in Buddhist traditions. In most cases a nun wears a uniform (a "habit") which is significantly different from the normal clothing of the women in her culture, and Buddhist nuns also shave their heads.

The nun who is elevated to manage and operate the nunnery or convent where the nuns live communally is called an abbess or a Mother Superior.

Nuns do various kinds of work, nursing the sick, teaching children, looking after the poor, and in many cases simply withdrawing from the world to pray or meditate.

See monasticism, Order (religious)


In biology, Nun is a genus of the hillstream loach, a type of small freshwater fish.



All Wikipedia text is available under the terms of the GNU Free Documentation License

 
  Search Encyclopedia

Search over one million articles, find something about almost anything!
 
 
  
  Featured Article
393 BC

... 440s BC 430s BC 420s BC 410s BC 400s BC - 390s BC - 380s BC 370s BC 360s BC 350s BC 340s BC 398 BC 397 BC 396 BC 395 BC 394 BC - 393 BC - 392 BC 391 BC 390 BC ...