I can’t help thinking of the Hippolytus of Euripides, where the early licentiousness of Theseus is probably responsible for the asceticism of the son that helps bring about the tragedy that ruins them all.
27 NURSE DUCKETT Nurse Sue Ann Duckett was a tall, spare, mature, straight-backed woman with a prominent, well-rounded ass, small breasts and angular ascetic New England features that came equally close to being very lovely and very plain.
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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.