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> Victor, do you mind to share your essay (at EnglishForward) after you have finished

> writing it? it sounds interesting. I'd like to know more about that "banya".

Among the many customs peculiar to Russian people, the one that deserves most attention is the custom of visiting Russian baths, or “banyas” as they are called in Russia, steam baths somewhat similar to Finnish saunas. This custom exists in one or another form in several countries, such as Finland or Greece. But while visiting Russia, tourists from many other countries usually find Russian baths to be an exotic experience that does not exist in the their culture. I believe that the custom of visiting “banyas” should be adopted by other counties because it is a great way to relax, and it is immensely beneficial to the health.

First and foremost, visiting Russian baths is quite fun and relaxing. Between steaming sessions people sit in groups, drinking various beverages, snacking, playing games, telling funny stories, and so forth. The steaming session is followed by a break which is always pleasant and relaxing. Also, a “banya” is a great place to become good friends. Nobody would deny that after a session of lashing each other with a bunch of birch or oak twigs, people will become closer. [One non-Russian acquaintance of mine expressed an opinion that it sounds a bit masochistic, but it is a harsh reality.]

Secondly, the custom of visiting Russian baths is worth adopting because it benefits the health. High temperatures open skin pores, thereby releasing excessive water and salts and making the skin cleaner, softer, and fresher. Such temperatures can kill pathogenic microbes and bacteria. Also, they result in dilation of blood vessels, which increases the amount of blood flowing to all body organs and quickens the blood circulation. The latter strengthens the heart. Furthermore, exposure to high temperatures increases the rate of digesting proteins, fats, carbohydrates, and minerals.

In conclusion, the long-standing Russian custom of visiting steam baths is the one that other countries would enormously benefit from adopting. A banya is a great way to relax. Also, visiting banyas significantly benefits the health. Of course adopting the custom of going to banyas may bring other countries closer to Russia.

~ FIN ~


More details you can find on href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Banya (sauna)">Wikipedia.

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Victor
victor_amelkinSecondly, the custom of visiting Russian baths is worth adopting because it benefits the health. High temperatures open skin pores, thereby releasing excessive water and salts and making the skin cleaner, softer, and fresher. Such temperatures can kill pathogenic microbes and bacteria. Also, they result in dilation of blood vessels, which increases the amount of blood flowing to all body organs and quickens the blood circulation. The latter strengthens the heart. Furthermore, exposure to high temperatures increases the rate of digesting proteins, fats, carbohydrates, and minerals.
Thanks for sharing, Victor! Its advantages in improving one's health sounds great. [Y]

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Nice text.

Actually I've never heard of those "banyas". That's why I had a quick look at google pictures and I saw many pictures of people celebrating in a banya. Really a custom that should be adopted. But without the traditions it is similar to a sauna ?
I'm not an expert in what concerns various types of baths, but I'll assume that the major difference between the Russian bath ("banya") and Finnish sauna is that in banyas the air in the steam room is humid as a result of pouring water on the hot rocks (or whatever heating element is in use), while in saunas the air is dry. I suppose the latter is the reason why saunas are easier to bear. Damp air may be considered by some people as too hot (t ~= 110*C or more).

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Victor
"***" in the previous post stands for 110 Celsius degrees. This forum is by some reason correct special characters in posts in quite a strange way...
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Yes I know what you mean. The air in saunas is often very dry. But the ones I use to visit are equipped with a liquid to increase the humidity.
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