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[–] Transylvanian 4 points 13 points (+17|-4) ago 

When the Dutch came to Japan, the Japanese thought they smelled like shit and vomit. Europeans bathed a handful of times per year at this time compared to the Japanese who bathed every day.


[–] Shekelstein6M 0 points 6 points (+6|-0) ago  (edited ago)

Europeans bathed a handful of times per year at this time compared to the Japanese who bathed every day.

That's bullshit. The whole "Europeans didn't bathe" shit is a myth. They bathed just as often as any other civilization. The reason why they smelled bad when they came to Japan was because they were stuck on a boat for weeks on end with very little water.


[–] Tani 2 points 1 point (+3|-2) ago 

Patrick Suskind, the author of a well-known novel “Perfume: The Story of a Murderer,” wrote in his book that the stench of European cities in the late Middle Ages period was unbearable. His work conveys the terrible smell of human faeces and urine in the streets, decaying wood and rat dung, spoiled coal and animal fat, mouldy dust and chamber pots.

Stench used to be an inseparable part of all human activities, constructive or destructive. The Queen of Spain Isabel of Castle (the end of the 15th century) confessed that she had taken a bath only twice in a lifetime – when born and married.

In late Middle Ages people learned to process wastes and faeces. Urine, for example, was used to tan leather and bleach cloth, animals’ bones – to produce flour. In days of old painters placed barrels for urine near the farms, they used it to knead paints. In Ancient Rome they sold even the urine from latrines to wool dyers and leather tanners. What could not be processed was left in the street.

People were not cleaner than the streets where they lived. “Water baths warm the body, but weaken the organism and widen pores. That’s why they can be dangerous and cause different diseases, even death”, a medical treaty of the 16th century runs. Medieval doctors thought that infectious air could penetrate through the cleaned pores. Owing to this cause all social bathhouses were abolished. In 15-16th centuries rich citizens had a bath at least twice a year, in the 17-18th centuries they decidedly stopped to wash themselves. The French king Louis XIV had a bath only twice in his life on doctors’ advice. But the procedure shocked the sovereign so, that he made a vow not to do it anymore.


They were disgusting filthy stupid animals.


[–] WhiteRonin 1 point -1 points (+0|-1) ago 

  1. Depends on the European country but when I was there, they didn't bathe.

2.why did they create perfume then?

  1. Versailles didn't have bathrooms for decades.


[–] KoKansei 0 points 4 points (+4|-0) ago 

No wonder they told them to stay the fuck out of most of Japan.


[–] Azagthoth 1 point 1 point (+2|-1) ago 

I thought I smelt cabbage.