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Respectful essay

Learn many interesting things about simple things such as steam room, sauna, Hammam.

I recall a conversation with Ivan Mikhailovich -. 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 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 of a strengthening, conservation and health - such is the title of this work. Who is the - the author of this interesting treatise? Antonio Nunez Sanchez ( - 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 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, 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 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, with dependent and arriving in containers from all over the world with difficulty, the I longed to see, to half or three-quarters of those around the great costs erected buildings in the sauna Russian for the benefit of society.

Isn't it significant recognition? We will return to the wonderful treatise Antonio Nunez 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...

 

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Danube Ivanovich and don Ivanovich

If the ancient inhabitants of India bow down to the Ganges, believing in its cleansing properties, the Egyptians treated the Nile as to the divine, then the Russians for centuries worship the Volga river, called her his mother. Remember our wonderful tales. Their heroes-bogatyrs, dying, stretched wide rivers - the Danube Ivanovich, don Ivanovich. Bread and salt honored Sadko the Volga river, and Ilya Muromets oku. And the legend of the dead and the living water? In national epos said, that the dead water could heal wounds. As for the living water called heroic, she not only sealed the wound, but, and resurrected.

And the ancient holiday of Kupala?! Because of this, but essentially, purifying bathing. Water and fire. To prevent illness, hardened. Here is what you can read in the ancient Chronicles of the feast: ...that for the sake of - evening and squinting for the sake of guilt are good at different medical apart from.

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