The general consensus seems to be that bathing as a social ritual was quite popular; in fact, any church regulations on bathing were designed to combat excessive indulgence in the habit.The Roman baths were a daily social activity, in the same way that modern teenagers frequent the local swimming pool, and adults the exercise club.Like the nonsensical idea that spices were used to disguise the taste of rotten meat, the idea that bathing was forbidden and/or wiped out between the fall of Rome and the Enlightenment has been touted by many gullible writers, including magazine. medieval nobility routinely washed their hands before and after meals.However, even the Smithsonian in the person of Jay Stuller has to admit that "Gregory the Great, the first monk to become pope, allowed Sunday baths and even commended them, so long as they didn't become a 'time-wasting luxury' . Etiquette guides of the age insisted that teeth, face and hands be cleaned each morning.Because bathhouses had mixed facilities, church authorities condemned women's attendance at mixed gender bathhouses.Jerome, more strict than most, felt that female virgins should not bathe with other women (due to his distaste for pregnancy), and that they should not bathe naked.
The main pool could be filled with drawn water (not qualified for use in ritual immersion), and when needed, the pipe between the otter and the main pool was unplugged, allowing the qualified, living water from the otter to come into contact with the water in the main pool, rendering it fit for immersions."(p.27), and another in Cologne, Germany dates from around 1170 (In the 4th and 5th centuries CE, 'fathers of the Christian Church' such as Clement and Jerome condemned excessive attendance at the public baths, and attendance for pleasure."Situated between two volcanic belts, Japan offers countless natural thermal baths, furos.The tradition of public bathing dates back at least to A. 552 and to the dawn of Buddhism, which taught that such hygiene not only purified the body of sin but also brought luck." (von Furstenberg, p.Men kept their hats on, women were impeccably groomed for the occasion--from the navel upwards, wearing chokers and necklaces, turbans and towering headdresses. A part from the usual quota of zealots, the Church remained on the whole tolerant of these hedonistic pastimes.