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 наречеся Ивань - evening купальницей and squinting for the sake of guilt are good at different medical apart from».
«Clean water for illnesses of the trouble!» - has long said the Russian people.
«And have they bathing, - he wrote about the ancient Slavic baths Arab traveler and writer Abu Obeid-Абдаллахал Бекри, " but like a house of wood and законопачивают slit his kind of matter, which is formed on the trees, like the green moss... She serves them and instead of resins for ships. Then they are in one of the corners of the house arrange fireplace of stone and at the top against the hearth opens a window to exit smoke. When the hearth раскалится, they will close this window and close the doors of the house. In the house there is always a reservoir for water, which they poured раскалившийся hearth, and then rises pairs. In the hands of each bundle of dry branches, which they lead to the movement of the air and pulling him to her. And then opened their pores, and comes excess of their bodies, and the flow of these rivers».
And now reveal Pushkin's poem «Ruslan and Lyudmila». The song of the fourth. Young Ratmir rides the horse, trying to «catch up Русланову spouse.» When the dark night, the young Khan was unexpectedly invited to the castle:
But first the young man the lead
To the great Russian bath-house,
's wave smoke flow
In her silver vats,
And crust cold fountains;
Outspread luxury carpet;
It tired Khan falls;
Transparent pairs over him much;
Потупя bliss full of eyes,
In caring loving and dumb,
Around the Khan of the virgin young
Crowded резвою the crowd,
Over the knight of different waves
Branches of young birches,
And the heat from them fragrant bursting,
Another juice springtime roses
Tired members прохлаждает
And aromas of потопляет
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The glory about the Russian bath, about its benefits for health has long stepped over borders of your country. Russian baths are in different cities of the world. In Moscow the most popular are old sandunovskie baths (they founded the well-known actors Сандуновы). But, it turns out, bath with such a name exists in the... Canada. Yes, Yes, sandunovskie baths of the ocean. Such is the fascination of Russian bathhouses, that one of the descendants of Сандуновых spared no money and efforts to build them. «Сандуны» in Canada enjoyed a great success.