I Am an Iranian Daughter

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Saturday, February 10, 2007

Culture of Hygiene in Ancient Iran

The custom of bathing and cleansing has had great significance among the people of Iran since ancient times. Washing the body was in two ways regarded as a vital matter. First, it freshened and cleansed the body and second, made the face look wholesome and pure. Therefore to carry out this important task, innovative Iranians, since thousands of years before Christ, have used special methods including the establishment of private hot baths known as "Garmabeh" for people to bathe at home. In addition, there were also public baths in the city to be used by the general public for washing and cleansing.
These places were built according to specific beliefs, customs, cultures and geographical situation of different regions. The embossed Elamatie image known as "Kurangoon"in the Fahlavian valley of Fars, confirms the existence of hot baths, by illustrating a religious, ceremony where people are purifying themselves by bathing in a temple pool.
Persepolis is an interesting example of a private hot bath where even washing utensils such as a bowl and rose-water bottle have been found, including a drain seen on the floor. Based on found evidence, bathing was very common in the Ashkani kingdom. In Sassanid era, public hot baths were seen in addition to private ones.

4 Comments:

At 8:27 PM , Blogger papillon said...

Yes, Iranian's been pioneers and nevertheless a modern domain for several periods, especially in the era you mention. However statements such as "thousands of years before Christ," since is both incorrect and false* and also imperious, destruct the informative image you picture here.
Also it is creative to use "daughter" instead of "girl," especially if you did it by design.

*http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Public_bathing

 
At 9:55 AM , Blogger ali said...

I agree with you completly,I rather say the persians are historically very clean ,however if one arrive from abroad at the airport or go to public places these days will get different view.sudenly cleanliness and dressing nice became
taghouti and being dirty became mardomi.You would think as a moslem nation we will be the cleanest but it is otherwise when you come from west.

 
At 9:19 AM , Blogger purvabhatia said...

It's very interesting to read about other cultures/customs through blogs.
I like reading about them but the personal narration is far more captivating than the information on internet. Loved reading your blog.

Would want to know more about Iran through you :)

 
At 5:14 PM , Blogger the essaouira said...

Hello. I've been to Iran in December 2008, and I have to say, what I read in the books is totally very different to what I saw in the news. You have such a beautiful country. It is very clean and best of all, even though I grew up in the city, but I would love to retire in somewhere like Iran. :) I would love to visit Mashad one day.

 

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