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Dictionary of Coptic Orthodox Church Terms and Terminology

Iskeem | Leather Belt

 

* A leather belt that a monk fastens round his waist when he lives in solitude. A monk wears such a belt following the recite of special prayers.

* A monk that wears the "Iskeem" is ought to present exceeding prayers, fastings, and kneelings than an ordinary monk.

It is a leather belt of crosses which is worn by a monk who has reached a very high level of spirituality. This belt symbolises spiritual responsibility and struggle, as well as self control over bodily needs and desires. The 'eskeem' may also be the monastic habit.

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