Impressive description of the Russian baths in the «Carpenter's stories» Vasily Belov.
«In the bath was already bitter heat. Kamenka blazed a powerful heat... Coals gold, red, потухая, and fly cant слезился вытопленной resin...».
But here's the pipe is closed. Together with the author we admire the faint glimmer of coal, подернутых ash-grey hair.
«Probably, " writes Vasily Belov, " there is nothing better in the world of cool dressing room, where the smell of scorched pine and bitter stagnant heat. Summer, green, still hot, dry, but full of smells June birch broom. Earth, оттаявшей under the floor of the Kamenka river. Some native antiquity. Melting snow cold...»
With a thin knowledge of the author describes the Russian lavatory «Odyssey». First off our shoes, slightly warm. Then on the shelves in a dry, light and smooth fever, shivering from the subcutaneous cold. First test - pitcher of water in the heater. «Boulders responded short and powerful noise... stove roared, dry, intolerable heat of the gently burning up the skin. I scalded broom, desperately climbed to the top of the shelves and suddenly turned to Greek: all in the world перекувырнулось, and all of the acquired another, more widely, the value of».
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The famous Greek Herodotus, the «father of history», as it is called, wrote that the residents of the ancient steppes «always had in their settlements of the hut with the ever-burning fire. When the stones раскалялись, they poured water, sprinkled hemp seed and the hot couples washed his balls».
As has already been mentioned, steam room appeared in the East Slavic myths. It is noteworthy that about old Russian steam bath is mentioned in the famous chronicle «Tale of bygone years» (945). Tells the story of the legendary journey of the Apostle Andrew from Sinop to Rome in Kiev and Novgorod. In Veliky Novgorod Andrey saw wooden baths where people, uncovering himself, poured alkaline kvass, beat their brooms and at the end of the окатывались cold water. «Видех bath древены. And облеются kvass уснияным, and возмуть on CE прутье young (and) beat be themselves, and be done away with barely слезут Le live, and облеются water студенного...».