There is a trend among religious teenages to sign a pledge to remain celibate until they marry.
Catholic priests are required to be celibate as part of their vows.
The parochial clergy are celibate in so far as they must be married when appointed, but if left widowers may not marry again.
Among the Dravidians a cobra which is accidentally killed is burned like a human being; no one would kill one intentionally; the serpent-god's image is carried in an annual procession by a celibate priestess.
AGAPETAE, a class of "virgins" who, in the church of the early middle ages, lived with professedly celibate monks to whom they were said to be united by spiritual love.