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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 , 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 cold water. bath . And kvass , and on CE young (and) beat be themselves, and be done away with barely Le live, and water ....

In the times about which reports the chronicle, the Eastern Slavs was not yet cities. So we're talking about the V - VI centuries.

And here is another interesting detail. It turns out that the Pechersk monks showed keen interest in ancient Greek medicine. Having heard about the benefits of a steam bath, they behaved with them for medicinal purposes. Not by accident in the Charter of the Grand Prince of Vladimir (966) the baths were called institutions for . In the year 1091 Pereyaslavl Bishop Ephraim began to have baths, which were a kind of clinics, perhaps, the first in Russia.

About the bath we can read and in the Chronicles of the X-XIII centuries. It is called: , , , soap, dish soap, or just steam room. In the contract between Rus and Byzantium (907 g.) Rusichi guaranteed them the right to arrival in Constantinople to use the bath: And Yes they do them want.

...Built not only wooden baths, but also of stone. So, in one of the Chronicles mention that the first stone bath is built in Pereslavl in 1090.

In the novel the wonderful Soviet writer and historian Vasily Yan Princess, drawing a struggle of the Russian people for their independence, there is such episode.

...Winter of the year 1237. The grandson of Genghis Khan Batu-Khan with his cavalry to Moscow. His attention was attracted by log cabins near the river, out of which poured thick steam. People rushed headlong rushing out from thence, rushed to the ice hole and immersed.

Batu-Khan pointed out with a whip in the log: What do these madmen? These houses are called soap, - the interpreter. - There residents (so the Mongols called Moscow) beat yourself with birch, should be washed with hot water and kvass, then bathed in the ice-hole. This is very useful. Because (i.e. Russian) such strong.


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Finnish sister

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 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, , it will pay off in cold lake.

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