Re: [sig] Note to self, avoid Muscovite women.
- While baths, including steam baths, were known and used all over Europe,
by the 1600s physicians began to warn very seriously against the dangerous
opening of the pores that washing with water, and particularly steam,
could cause. Bathing in Western Europe fell off in the late 1500s and well
into the 1600s, so at one point wiping the body with clean linen and
changing one's underlinen was apparently considered more healthful than
-- Jadwiga, still fiddling with her document on bathing.
> Yeah, that charming habit is very common in Asia so I--
> speculate that it was yet another immitation of the
> Khans. On the bath thing, very common in Russian
> society in period. European visitors always remarked
> on the unhealthiness of the vapors of the sauna. Were
> there comments like this about Poles? I have read that
> they favored saunas too?
> 'dok, world traveler out of time
> --- Rick Orli <orlirva@...> wrote:
-- Jenne Heise / Jadwiga Zajaczkowa