Monthly Archives: April 2011

Banya Folklore

Banya Folklore

For centuries Russian folklore has spoken of the bathhouse possessing a spirit. More to the point, the bathhouse is possessed by a spirit. For a …

 

Mobile Banyas

Mobile Banyas

Banyas on wheels. Banyas on pontoon boats. Really.

 

Between Steams

Between Steams

In my chosen bathhouse in Moscow we would rest between steams, our hair wet, our skin flushed, our backs slumped against benches, our chests rising …

 

Veniki Gathering

Veniki Gathering

Every spring, during the “green holy days” that follow the Trinity, the Russian Orthodox holiday marking the appearance of Jesus to the Apostles after his …