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Peyman Hooshmandzadeh: Dry!


Dry towels cover bodies cleansed of all uncleanliness. “Dry!”, this most familiar of expressions is perhaps the last to remain from the unfamiliar memory of bathhouses. Bathhouses, these rapidly disappearing establishments, have existed in Iran for thousands of years. Medicinal and grooming rituals and weekly gatherings of fellow bathers all took place within these chambers where patrons could take baths and groom themselves and also relax, unwind and socialize through a weekly regimen of sauna and massages. These were not just places to wash or be washed; these walls have been witness to cleansing rituals for births and deaths, historically...

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