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- September 28, 2016 at 7:02 pm #347170
The word ‘Sauna’ is Finnish having made into English
language. Belarusians call Sauna Laznia. Laznia is a part of our
culture. In our folklore we have a general character living in
Laznia believed to splash hot water, throwing hot stones and knock on
the wall. We have other beliefs about this character living in Laznia.
Our Laznia is made of wood entirely. We
use birch branches to hit ourselves. Sometimes oak-branches. Russians
call their saunas ‘banya’. Russians took banya design to a whole new
level. Architects may get envious seeing the design of Russian
banyas which cost more than a regular house on the same site and block of land. Sauna is a cultural thing in north-eastern Europe.
like to know if Slavs in southern and western Slavia have sauna
culture.September 29, 2016 at 5:47 am #404590
Nope. Banya is just bath(room) here.September 29, 2016 at 6:23 am #404596
I’d just say it’s more of a “northern” (regional) thing than a ethnic one (Slavic or Finnic).September 29, 2016 at 7:37 am #404591
Balts and Swedes also have saunas. Probably Germans? I don’t know if sauna is part of their culture to the same extent as it is in Russia or Finland. People go to sauna to socialise lol.September 29, 2016 at 8:00 am #404584
This is not a typical Russian banya. It’s stylish.September 29, 2016 at 8:22 am #404585
Among South Slavs only rich people have sauna it’s not a “common” cultural thing, but rather a useless thing that only rich people would own. (+ gyms also have it)September 29, 2016 at 8:29 am #404586
To build banya is not expensive. A simple one is made of two rooms. One is a dressing room – bed, table, drinks, towels, bunches of tree branches. And sauna itself with two level benches. The top one for who like hot conditions, the bottom one is bit cooler. Then you have a boiler with hot water and heated stones to get hot steam. Many people have summer residence houses – the ‘dacha’ Most summer residence houses have ‘banya’. But we have saunas in various complexes. Often, they are in swimming pools but can be separate.
What surprised me is that regular Finland’s apartments include sauna. Just like we have shower and bath in apartments.September 29, 2016 at 8:35 am #404581
I don’t know if it’s appropriate to ask, where women would be giving births to children in rural areas 100-150 years ago in southern Slavic countries? Here ‘banya’ was used. It’s warm with plenty of warm water away from the rest of family members.
I think Latvians have a saying “banya is where life begins and ends”.September 29, 2016 at 8:58 am #404634
I also want to say that video showing stylish banya above is not a typical one used as an advertisement . It’s either built for rich people or to attract tourists. Banya building is a business in Russia.October 2, 2016 at 7:52 am #384316
One company in Minsk takes orders and sells saunas made from
logs. The minimum price of a simple sauna is $250 USD for 1 cubic metre
at company’s site. There are variations if you choose certain type of
wood; ask to build the building on site, as well as other extra. How
many cubic metres in a decent size building I don’t know.
I think they are affordable. Company’s ad. In the end of the video some maybe houses rather than saunas.October 4, 2016 at 8:40 am #383085
Estate with banya 9km from Minsk open to tourists known as Karelia.
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