In it, St. Thomas Aquinas approves of incense at Mass because it masked the bad smell of the churchgoers! The acrostic questions were centred around the ideas of fragrance and smell, apt topics for The Dirt on Clean. Clean, as The Dirt on Clean is called in Britain, was released in paperback, with a charming new cover of a flapper drying her fanny.
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That every decision in life needs a solution. Shove this book in their face. Challenge me, book! Everything was built up and up and up and I can tell you that I was giving myself a good scrub down and wash while I was reading this book.
Water and Sanitation is something I will never take advantage of. Katherine Ashenburg did a fantastic job in going through history and telling the story how people from different cultures viewed the simple concept of hygiene. You were taught when you were young and then you just added it to your routine. Yet, had you been brought up in a different timeline, your views would have definitely been different.
Mind you, this book focuses more on European and North American notions and history. For a long period of time, cleanliness was represented by having closets loaded with clean white linen. It was the way of displaying wealth and cleanliness. The Moors kept clean so the Christians decided to not keep clean as a propagandist act of patriotism. It got to the point where after taking back the invaded land, they declared a law stating that any Moor who converted had to give up bathing.
And in court, you would get automatic suspicion if someone accused you of bathing. This notion of staying dirty might boggle and disgust you but there was a reason as to why they saw things this way. It was simply because 1. It was considered a sin to bathe too much as it would make you vain.
In fact, during the middle ages, the cleanest group of people would have probably been Jewish women. After each menstrual cycle, they were required to take a special purifying bath that required them to have nothing touching the skin. So they would have had a minimum of 12 baths maybe less depending on how frequent periods were as physical exercise does have an effect on period frequency. Can you imagine though, if the cleanest person in your community took a bath only 12 times a year????
Despite having slightly different views on hygiene, most European countries had a fear of water. If people were to take baths it was due to illness where a special herbal bath was taken.
There was also the fear that water was the "unknown". Who knew where it could take you or what could be hiding within in. Ironically, the lack of regular maintenance is what led to the widespread of many plagues. If you look in the course of history, you will see that most plagues were occurring in Europe. Why do you think that it, especially since the Europeans viewed the East as "Those that bathe.
There was also the conception that regular bathing if at all any bathing would lead to prying eyes, vain behavior, and of course, acts of immodesty ahm.. Clearly chastity was ranked higher than hygiene Fast forwarding years later, it seems as if the people in America became the pioneers in hygiene.
But America did. For them, since there was so much land, it was okay to have expensive homes with built in baths. Yes, people. The only reason we have bathrooms in our house was because Americans were rich enough and had enough space to facilitate it. Soon with the introduction of women to the work field, people became conscious of the odor yes However, I also learned some cool things such as how Kotex came to be.
You know the infamous pad company? Well guess what their original pads were made from? It was the same bandages that were used to sop up the blood from injured soldiers because people believed that if it was good enough for the soldier, it would be good enough for the women especially since people were more keen on insulting women after seeing their tenacity during the wars.
At the end of the day, this book was magnificent. Ashenburg knows how to capture and audience and how to inform you without boring you. I loved this book clearly , but you know what surprises me the most?
That at the end of it all; even after going through the history of just how important hygiene is, I still see people leaving the washroom without washing their hands.
„Historia brudu” - K. Ashenburg – recenzja
These awards, based in San Francisco, honour books that contribute to greater understanding and positive action on the changing worldwide environment. In a move that pleases kids, if not their parents, it sees modern-day cleanliness as possibly unhealthy and definitely over-rated. She wrote an article about becoming a debut novelist in her 70s for the Toronto Star, and about researching the Jewish roots of her character Cecelia in the Canadian Jewish news. Reviews have been excellent.
Shakall Learn more — opens in new window or tab. I have a confession to make. Email to friends Share on Facebook — opens in a new window or tab Share on Twitter — opens in a new window or tab Share on Pinterest — opens in a new window or tab. Historia Bruduto give hisgoria book its Polish title, is a best-seller in Poland, where it has just been published.
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Vijind Because British people hate puns? Amazon Rapids Fun stories for kids on the go. It was vaguely interesting, in a sleepy-time bath kind of way. This is a wonderful book! Buckets of interesting anecdotes but lacking a little humour While in Oaxaca, Mexico, this winter, Katherine tried to follow in the footsteps of D. Item description Please note, the image is for illustrative purposes only, actual book cover, binding and edition may vary.