ANST - Bathing
Michael F. Gunter
mfgunter at tddeng00.fnts.com
Wed Nov 12 07:11:11 PST 1997
> The bathing thing does seen to come up quite often..especially right after
> the tourney is over1 <grin> My reading does seem to indicate that the at
> least the Northern groups, i.e. Norway, etc. were fond of a daily dousing
> and combing of the hair. Seems kind of odd, considering the water
> temperature up there. So, go figure!
There's also the fact that they enjoyed steambaths which actually clense fairly
well. Once sweated out they would pour cold water over themselves, jump in a
nearby lake or handy snowbank. Very refreshing! But it did serve to get a lot
of the oils and dirt off.
There were also washing bags that were moderately common. Bags filled with
oatmeal and sometimes dried flowers. The oatmeal is a natural cleanser and
skin softener. Dipped in water and lathed on the body it cleans fairly well
without the need for the full bath.
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