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Factors behind taking up social status of Nun

Ahmad, Qandil; Farrah, Hira Ahmad; Shirwany, Tanvir

Abstract

In Protestantism, Christianity encourages nunship where nuns are also known as 'Brides of Jesus' or called 'Deaconesses' (one with the duties of a deacon, a lady ranking below a priest or who is supposed to help a minister); they devote their lives to God. This study was designed to determine the social factors that lead women to become nuns and to uncover the causes for assuming religious life. Case study method was used to collect the data. In total, 14 nuns were recruited from the Punjab district of Faisalabad for the study. Each subject underwent a detailed interview in order to elicit information about their sociocognitive development and aspects of life as a 'Nun'. The findings concluded that this shift in religious life made these young females more confident, mature, conscious observers, self-reliant, and close to God; it enables them to obtain a quality education and groom their personalities with a prestigious social status.

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