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Mary of Egypt, the "seductress"
She ran away from her parents when she was 12 years old and settled in Alexandria, where she lived an extremely dissolute life. According to her Vita, she often refused the money offered for her sexual favors, as she was driven "by an insatiable and an irrepressible passion." After seventeen years of this lifestyle, she traveled to Jerusalem to attend the Feasts of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross, hoping to find in the pilgrim crowds at Jerusalem even more partners in her lust. As she tried to enter the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, she saw an icon of the Theotokos and began a life of penance in the Jordanian desert.
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