Daily reminder that celts were washing with soap (which they invented) in lakes once a day while anglo-saxons were filthy mutts.
Anglo saxon hygiene:
>As with the Elizabethans, the anglo-Saxons didn't really believe in washing their bodies much. In fact, monks were said to have a maximum of five baths a year, and that was considered to be overdoing it. It appears that at least one commentator of the time may have cottoned on to something when he observed that the Danish habit of bathing and combing the hair every Saturday seemed to score the Danish men points with the women.
>Celts probably even washed their hands in the mornings with their tallow soaps and as they bathed. Given how embedded their cultural hygiene practices were, their hand-washing rates may have far exceeded today’s rates in the United States, which fall below 50% for many groups. Ahem, citizens of the United States. Are you going to let the ancient Celts out-do you in hygiene?
>In spite of the soup-straining facial hair, however, the Celts were very much into shaving, which kept away pestilent vermin, and even had nail clippers to keep their fingernail growth in check.
>a Celtic warrior had to bathe before a meal or before battle.
>But for many ancient Celts, hygiene was an important part of their culture. Did you know that they often get credit for having invented soap, or at least for passing it off to the Romans?
The word 'hygiene' in the first millennium, certainly among the Anglo-Saxons, was an oxymoron.
For instance, people would dig their latrine pits outside the backs of their houses, apparently untroubled by the odour, which would have mingled deliciously with the droppings from their animals and perfumes of similar pungency.
The flies, of course, must have had a field day. A good tramp in the latrines, followed by a stroll across any food they might find lying about in the house, no doubt made their day.
For some reason, the Anglo-Saxon thought it only fair and reasonable that his or her body should play host to any parasite that was anxious for shelter. The whip-worm, despite its name, was relatively inoffensive. The maw-worm, however, was not. It favoured people's liver and lungs, and had the most startling habit of suddenly appearing from the corner of someone's eye.
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>It almost goes without saying that bathing wasn't the most popular pastime around, either. The monks of one 10th. century European monastery were ordered to bathe 5 times per year. Now to your average Anglo-Saxon, this was fanaticism. Once a year, fine. Twice, if you were one of those fastidious types, but five times? Come on!
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>The Latin word sapo simply means "soap"; it was likely borrowed from an early Germanic language and is cognate with Latin sebum, "tallow", which appears in Pliny the Elder's account.
>Galen describes soap-making using lye and prescribes washing to carry away impurities from the body and clothes. According to Galen, the best soaps were Germanic, and soaps from Gaul were second best. This is a reference to true soap in antiquity.
FILTHY CELTS BTFO
It's funny how no one ever mentions the lice.
You might have seen chimpanzees on NatGeo picking fleas and lice from each others. Few people realize, however, that this was a common sight in Medieval Europe as well. Women in particular would be casually chatting in the afternoon as they picked the lice from their hair and crushed them between their nails. In fact, it has been conjectured that humans enjoy relaxing at the hairdresser or barber today precisely because it reminds them of the lice-picking behavior that evolved in primates.
Lice were ubiquitous, often exuberant, human ectoparasites in the Middle Ages that were vividly portrayed in the description of the funeral of Thomas Becket, Archbishop of Canterbury, who was murdered on 29 December 1270. As the deceased's body grew cold, a chronicler recorded the scene as follows: “The vermin boiled over like water in a simmering cauldron, and the onlookers burst into alternate weeping and laughing”
This Celtic nonsense is out of hand. Every Celtic art find of note in the Isles has been unearthed in England, usually South-East England. It's meaningless.
>This Celtic nonsense is out of hand. Every Celtic art find of note in the Isles has been unearthed in England, usually South-East England. It's meaningless.
Why are you making up bullshit?
There have been finds pretty much everywhere, and if anywhere is particularly significant is the around the alps
I love this guys's depiction of the picts?
Are there any other amusing anachronistic depiction of ancient people FROM people who who are now part of history
Another common one I've noticed was the depiction of Vikings wearing essentially ancient greek clothing with winged helmets