There was something ascetic in her look, which was augmented by the extreme plainness of a straight-skirted, black, stuff dress, a starched linen collar, hair combed away from the temples, and the nun-like ornament of a string of ebony beads and a crucifix.
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The ascetic life has been more pronounced in Hinduism and Buddhism than in other major religions.
Most religions have or have had traces of asceticism in order to achieve a spiritual goal.