I do apologise if I stir up the 'persona and religion' thread that
just quietened down, but I'm curious about people who portray members
of religious orders, how other people feel about that, and where an
oblate person attached to a congregation would fit in.
Oblates were not people who took vows and are laypeople who might live
with an order and wear a modified habit. For more information this
website explains it a lot better than I can:
It seems that the oblates were able to leave at any time, and may be a
plausible reason why you could come across an otherwise cloistered nun
or monk at an SCA event, if they had just left their order and were
travelling home. Would anyone knowing more about medieval religious
orders be able to shed some light? Would this scenario be possible, or
would an oblate always have a spare secular outfit handy?
I'm curious about people portraying members of orders as a whole, how
others perceive it, and how you manage to explain why you're at an SCA
event instead of staying inside a cloister. (An exception would be
medicant orders I suppose.)
Hope no-one takes offence at these questions!