Cleanliness...

sara[h]ng

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... is next to godliness.

I just went to do some laundry, and a ray of sunlight was shining through the window onto the washing machine like something you'd see on a religious painting except that instead of Jesus...

Well, I am very grateful for washing machines. But what popped into my mind was, 'Cleanliness is next to godliness.' What a weird saying. Where did that come from? And is there any truth to it?
 

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Well, I'm pretty sure God is a hygienic person. The saying itself sounds like it came from the middle ages to me. It was probably just something parents told their children to make them wash up.
 

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Well, I'm pretty sure God is a hygienic person. The saying itself sounds like it came from the middle ages to me. It was probably just something parents told their children to make them wash up.
Just a little before the middle ages...from wiki
In Greek mythology, Hygieia (Roman equivalent: Salus) was a daughter of Asclepius. She was the goddess of health, cleanliness and sanitation (and later: the moon), and played an important part in her father's cult (see also: asklepieion). While her father was more directly associated with healing, she was associated with the prevention of sickness and the continuation of good health.
Though Hygieia had been the subject of a local cult since at least the 7th century BC, she did not begin to spread out until the Oracle at Delphi recognized her, and after the devastating Athens plague in 429 and 427 BC and in Rome in 293 BC. Her primary temples were in Epidaurus, Corinth, Cos and Pergamon.
 

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Hi wil:

This is another symbolic set of "things" at the core of many ancient cultures. For that matter ritual bathing and cleanlinesss was a featured topic of the early teachings of the Abrahamic Religions, not to mention those nasty Pagan Greeks, as you pointed out, and Romans.

flow....:p
 

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I read somewhere that Louis XVI bathed only twice in his life...

If you've ever been on a crowded elevator in France then you'll understand why they invented perfumes in the middle ages. But then I believe that the Egyptians and Sumerians had scented liquids long before then, but they weren't as potent as the French scents.

flow....
 

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If you've ever been on a crowded elevator in France then you'll understand why they invented perfumes in the middle ages. But then I believe that the Egyptians and Sumerians had scented liquids long before then, but they weren't as potent as the French scents.

flow....

:D:D:D:p:eek:
 

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Prober,
Every time I see your doggy avatar, it just melts me.
Don't you know with that doggy face you could get away with anything....

As a side note I did once meet an indian holy man, who was said to be 126 years old, and in all truth by his very goaty essence I dont reckon he had ever washed ever, but didn't detect essence of God or godliness.

Has any one ever considered the smell of God?

- c -
 

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Prober,
Every time I see your doggy avatar, it just melts me.
Don't you know with that doggy face you could get away with anything....

As a side note I did once meet an indian holy man, who was said to be 126 years old, and in all truth by his very goaty essence I dont reckon he had ever washed ever, but didn't detect essence of God or godliness.

Has any one ever considered the smell of God?

- c -

Cracks me up because it looks just like an old boss of mine...

I am imagining that God would smell like Fire and cotton candy (don't know where I got that).:)
 
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