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  • n. a wandering monk having no fixed monastery, as exemplified in the Rule of St. Benedict.


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  • "I have taken to wandering a lot, gyrovague, te kaihau."

    The Bone People by Keri Hulme, p 118

    February 8, 2017

  • A gyrovague is a wandering monk from the early Middle Ages. They were despised for their practice of selling fake relics.

    July 5, 2009

  • Wandering, itinerant monks "without fixed residence or leadership, who relied on charity and the hospitality of others." (Wikipedia, that not-always-reliable-source). Featured on episode #1124 of NPR's Says You.

    June 23, 2009