|ISSN 0350-2899, 30(2005) 1 p. 41-45|
History of Medicine and Health Culture
Traditional rural household in hygiene function
Miloš R. Matić
|Summary: The level of hygiene in rural
areas is generally believed to be significantly low. There have been many
examples in literature describing bad hygienic conditions of our
peasantry, not only of long time ago, but also of today in some places.
Hygienic conditions were judged to be low because they were considered
from the point of view of already formed conscience of city dwellers but,
for the purpose of objectivity, were they really so bad? We cannot say
with certainty that our traditional peasantry used to fully discard the
idea of hygiene of the body and close surrounding, but rather discuss
various factors that brought about this negligence. Hygienic conditions in
traditional rural areas, which at the same time reflect the conscience of
inhabitants and their perception of a correlation between hygiene and
health (or disease), can be reconstructed on the basis of the available
literature sources and household goods used for the purpose of hygiene.
For this reason the study is my attempt to represent traditional rural
household goods used for hygiene in order to try and illustrate how a
traditional peasant used to understand the concept of hygiene.
Key words: hygiene, rural, tradition, household goods, body, clothes, food, habitat
Note: full text in Serbian
Napomena: kompletan tekst rada na srpskom jeziku
Miloš R. Matić
Studentski trg 13, 11000 Beograd
011 328 18 88; 064 1835456
Paper received: 07.04.2004.
Paper accepted: 03.03.2005.
Published online: 30.04.2005.
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