Humanity has had a long and varied history. Life in the early days of human civilization was very different from life as we know it today. Many things which we take for granted now, like electricity, food security, refrigeration and a dependable water supply, weren’t available to our early ancestors. Despite the advancements in technology and human understanding over the ages, there are still many common traits and rituals which we still practice to this day. Good examples of this are basic industries like agriculture and craftsmanship. Another thing we share with our early ancestors is our need and requirement of clean and hygienic toilets.
Toilets are some of the most important rooms in any house or building. It’s the only place where a person is free to relieve himself or herself. Excretion is a daily task of pivotal importance which is hard to accomplish in a hygienic manner without the use of toilets. The modern plumbing system has made toilets safer by ensuring that waste matter cannot contaminate other places. Without this assurance of safety, we’d have to worry about protecting ourselves from diseases which would spread as a result of contamination.
Unfortunately, most ancient civilizations didn’t have plumbing systems as sophisticated as ours. As a result, many residents had to suffer at the hand of diseases which could have been prevented. Aside from this shortcoming, toilets in the ancient world were advanced as they could be, at least in the large civilizations. While people back then certainly didn’t have access to comfy flush toilet seats, what they did have were special huts designed for the act of excretion. Yes, in those days, the toilet was separate from the main house or building. This was done to ensure that smell of waste matter wouldn’t pervade the main premises of the building. A separate building was the easiest way of ensuring the containment of smell to a single place, from where it could dissipate into the atmosphere. As you could imagine, this arrangement was quite inconvenient. To make access to water easy, basins and water baths were separate from the building used to excrete. Since these functions didn’t cause any foul smells, they could be installed as part of the main building.
Toilets weren’t the only utility which our ancestors were fond off. In addition, they enjoyed saunas as much as we do. Saunas, for the uninitiated, are rooms where people can sit disrobed and enjoy the sensation of warm steam and avail numerous benefits to health. Currently, there are two varieties of saunas: saunas which use infrared radiation to warm the air and produce steam and those which use conventional methods such as a fire for heating. The former is more prevalent these days since it is safer and easier to use. However, since they are based on technology, you’ll need to read up on some tips when buying an infrared saunas to make sure you’re getting a good product.
The latter variety of saunas were the ones used in ancient times. Finland was the first place where saunas were used. This legacy is easily evidenced by the fact that almost every house in Finland has room for a sauna. Old Finnish saunas used fire to heat up rocks. These hot rocks were then sprinkled with water which produced steam and heated the air. Today, this type of sauna is called savusauna or smoke sauna.