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Sweat it out the Latvian way

  • 1999-08-26
  • Vineta Lagzdina
Turks do it, the Romans did it, even Russians and Swedes do it. Some Latvians consider it the trick to being born healthy, surviving, living courageously and dying naturally.The secret lies in the sweat lodge, or steam sauna, or "pirts" as it is known in Latvian. The name stems from "perinat" meaning to give birth and even 2,000 years ago the sweat lodge brought virility and vitality to the ancestors of the Letts and Livonians. Europeans came from far and wide for the experience. The power of the pirts was even written up in ancient Greek chronicles.Middle Age sweat lodgesSweat lodges, as w...
 
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