Turkish Bath


Cleanliness is a big and important part of Turkish society. There have been public bath-houses "hamam" in Turkey since medieval times. There are separate baths for men and women, or, when there is only one bath house in the town, different days or times of day are allocated for men and women. A Turkish bath combines exposure to dry heat, moist heat, cold, and massage. Important occasions were, and in some townships still are, celebrated with rejoicing at the bath. For instance, a bride-to-be visits the hamam wearing a ceremonial silk robe. She then has a kind of bridal party with her women friends and young maidens.



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