Learn many interesting things about simple things such as steam room, sauna, Hammam.
I recall a conversation with Ivan Mikhailovich Саркизовым-Серазини. The eminent Professor, and very friendly people, noticing my interest in the steam bath, said: «See here, my friend, to history. It will raise an interesting details. A lot of lost and forgotten in this ancient as mankind itself, custom. Everyone in the apartment now has its own bath. But sin to forget the old Russian bath-house!»
And here I am in the Department of rare books of the State library named In. And. Lenin. In this unique Museum, where you can see with their own eyes on the famous «the Apostle», published by the первопечатником Ivan Fyodorov still in 1564. Candidate of historical Sciences Irina Mikhailovna Polonskaya showed me a very beautiful book. Here this book in a single copy. One more stores writer Leonid Leonov, gathered a unique collection of books and paintings devoted to the Russian bath.
On a yellowed and fragile from time to book a date - the year 1774. «The pair of Russian bath-house, for споспешествуют of a strengthening, conservation and возстановлению health» - such is the title of this work. Who is the Саншес - the author of this interesting treatise? Antonio Nunez Риберо Sanchez (Саншес - it is the old transcription) is a Spanish doctor, who had served all his life in Russia at the court of Empress Elizabeth Petrovna. Near the end of his life the way Antonio Nunez Риберо settled in France and wrote there, as he stressed, «Respectful essay» on the Russian baths. The book was translated in many countries of Europe, and then in Russia.
Read the prophetic words «the glorious physician» (so it is called in the introduction), a foreigner, проникшегося great love and respect to the Russian customs. Here is what he writes:
«The sincere desire of my extends only until the superiority of Russian Baths before former вдревле by the Romans and Greeks, and before are now in use by the Turks, as for the preservation of health, and for the healing of many diseases...»
And further: «When the purpose of the multitude of drugs from pharmacies and from the chemical laboratories published, приуготовляемых with толикими dependent and arriving in containers from all over the world with неописанною difficulty, the коликократно I longed to see, to half or three-quarters of those around the great costs erected buildings превратилися in the sauna Russian for the benefit of society.»
Isn't it significant recognition? We will return to the wonderful treatise Antonio Nunez Риберо Sanchez, for his advice have not lost their freshness and value in our days. But first go into a kind of journey down the ages. This will help us old books (by the way in fairy tales, especially Russian, fairy-tale heroes often visit the bath, which gives them the strength and rejuvenates). Our guides will be historians, scientists, writers, poets...