A hermit is a person who lives, to some degree, in seclusion from society or anyone living a life apart from the rest of society, or who simply does not participate in social events as much as is common, regardless of their motivation in doing so.
In Christianity, the term was originally applied to a Christian who lives the eremitic life, an early form or monastic living out of a religious conviction.
This ancient ruin of Iona is thought to have been built by a devout hermit but nobody really knows whether this was actually a hermit’s beehive cell or whether it was an enclosure for animals.
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