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Man lived 82 years without ever seeing an actual woman

By T.K. Randall
April 10, 2023 · Comment icon 10 comments

Tolotos reportedly never even knew what a woman looked like. Image Credit: Public Domain
Mihailo Tolotos, who was born in Greece and lived his entire life in a remote monastery, only read about women in books.
In what can only be described as one of the most extreme cases of isolationism we've heard of, Mihailo Tolotos - who was born in 1856 - never encountered a real woman in his 82 years of life.

His mother had died shortly after he was born and he ended up being adopted and raised by the Orthodox Monks at a monastery on Mount Athos in Greece.

The monastery had (and still does) have strict rules forbidding any woman from stepping inside as part of efforts to ensure that the monks all stick to their vow of celibacy.

What this meant, however, was that Tolotos - who never once stepped foot outside the grounds - never encountered an actual live woman at all for his entire eight decades of life.
Instead, he only ever learned of their existence through word of mouth and by reading books.

His choice never to go beyond the confines of the monastery was his own - there were no rules forbidding him from leaving and venturing to the nearest village, for example.

He died in 1938 at the age of 82.

Source: Mail Online | Comments (10)

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Comment icon #1 Posted by Abramelin 8 months ago
One can only wonder about his ideas of how women must have looked. That's of course assuming he also never saw a drawing or a painting of a woman. Well, perhaps only Mary...
Comment icon #2 Posted by Berwen 8 months ago
I can't imagine how strange a life this would be and how slanted the views he must have had. 
Comment icon #3 Posted by Orphalesion 8 months ago
I mean Orthodoxy is big on icons. So he probably saw paintings/drawings of many female Biblical figures and saints. But, at least the ones I saw, are very stylized and far from photo realistic. And they also tend to clothe the women they are depicting in layers of lose clothing and shawls so unless he saw more natural depictions at some point, he might not exactly have known how female breasts, hips and such looked like. So how close any mental picture he might have pieced together from that comes to any living woman is unsure. Would be interesting to know what he made of the deions in Song of... [More]
Comment icon #4 Posted by Abramelin 8 months ago
Comment icon #5 Posted by ercbreeze 8 months ago
A blessing or a curse?  Maybe a blessing. ;-)  
Comment icon #6 Posted by Portre 8 months ago
Comment icon #7 Posted by joseraul 8 months ago
Kind of impressive given human biology. And also, wow kind of sad. Women are so lovely! Ah well, most likely he's never experienced a broken heart.
Comment icon #8 Posted by openozy 8 months ago
I think he missed a lot in his life, the love, beauty and nurturing of a women is what makes the world a nicer place. I personally can't live without one.
Comment icon #9 Posted by qxcontinuum 8 months ago
He must have been the luckiest and happiest man on the planet! 
Comment icon #10 Posted by Abramelin 8 months ago
“'Tis better to have loved and lost than never to have loved at all.”

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