Before the attack on Kazan
Unfortunately, many of the good traditions of Russian bath forgotten, lost and need to be patiently, literally, bit by bit, to collect. This will help us book our writers. Once again, we have experienced the charm of the «great Russian bath», which was celebrated A.S. Pushkin. A.N. Tolstoy with his characteristic imagery told how «банился» Peter I. But there are still a lot of Russian literature прелюбопытнейших «bath» pages, which will help us to revive good traditions.
A remarkable Soviet writer Vyacheslav Shishkov perfectly knew the Russian way of life, especially the inhabitants of the Urals and Siberia, where long like a hot bath. In the historical narrative of the Емельяне Pugachev is a curious episode in which a steam room is revealed in all its diversity, and the present fans of a steam learn a lot of interesting things about the bathhouse procedure.
We vividly imagine a vast wooden bath-house, lit by oil hanging lanterns. Lime, white-washed with дресвой the bench... On the shelves - three painted birch bark writings туяса with honey Yes with the «old-fashioned» kvas, that «шибает in the nose and great clarify in the brain creates.» On an oaken table - вехотки, суконки, washcloths, pieces of scented soap. «Мыловарнями their Kazan since ancient times, famous for». In doubles office, on the benches, обваренные boiling water, fragrant mint, калуфер, savory and other herbs. In кипучем boiler kvass with mint - for steaming birch brooms and поддавания to the stove.
...That's Krokhin began bucket for bucket поддавать in the oven. Steam room was filled with aromatic steam. The rustle of silk зажихали brooms. Steamed неуемно. And the merchant all added and added, not sparing духмяного kvass. Pairs of white explosions пыхнув, or dashed up in all directions.
«It is nice to покрякивая and blinking, Pugachev said:
Oh, grace! Well, thank you, Ivan Vasilyevich!.. Never been in a sauna steam. The bout was the Imperial is good but this is better.
- God is with us! - cried the merchant answered. And do you want grated редечкой with a red vinegar a rubdown?
- Come on, come on.
Rubbed each other, groaned, roared, the skin became багряною, burning. In the blood, muscles shook, and his heart was light-hearted and bright.»
Further merchant persuades Pugacheva a drink after a bath:
«- It is said: the year do not drink, and after the bath steal, Yes drink».
Pugachev, as it turned out, was not eager to your drunken:
« "Aaah good. Only, you can, in fact, it is not впотребляю I strong».
We get acquainted with the traditions of Russian bath. But the Russian baths have a sister. Finnish sauna. Even in ancient times, steam room was revered as the Finns had a sacred place. Here they brought the sick to the amendment. The Finns there is a legend was born as a sauna. The drops of rain, leaked through a leaky roof, hit on the hot stones of the home. In the house of a whirlwind rushed the hot steam. People felt the gentle fragrant heat. He was, that is, to the court, and the people have decided their own hands to do what he could to make rain.
The Finns are so believe in the healing power of his bath, say, a sauna may enjoy every man, who is capable to her reach. As in the Russian bath, in the sauna поддают water on the hot stones of the fireplace. The Finns call them the soul of the sauna. As in the Russian bath, here love to have a birch broom. When and how to warm up, распарятся, it will pay off in cold lake.