The hermits of Carolina

What is ascetism? In short, it is a voluntary, sometimes radical, renunciation and limitation of pleasure, usually for religious reasons. If you would like to explore the subject more deeply, you should go to the Holy Mountain in Greece.
Athos, or Christmas, is a mountainous peninsula in Greece inhabited only by Orthodox monks. In this area there are 20 monasteries under the direct jurisdiction of the Patriarchate of Constantinople. The Marian cult has developed here to a high degree. It is mainly due to an old legend that a boat, which was sailed by the Virgin Mary, was pushed here one day during a storm.
Interestingly, according to an edict issued by Monomachos in 1060, women were forbidden to stay in the peninsula. This is not the end, on the island even breeding animals are male. Tourist ships with women on board cannot approach the coastline at a distance of less than 500 meters. These prohibitions are still in force today.