Purification in the smoke sauna

Source: Mariann Liimal / Visit Estonia

Purification in the smoke sauna

Source: Mariann Liimal / Visit Estonia

This fall The New York Times Magazine visited Estonia and was amazed by the smoke sauna and its traditions, that are an important part of everyday life in southernmost Estonian community of Võromaa. The New York Times Magazine writes:

"In the deciduous forests of southern Estonia, small cabins made of logs layered with moss dot the countryside. These are the smoke saunas — places to bathe bodies and cleanse spirits. The aromas of alder wood and stripped birch, burning below hot stones, waft through the air. Once the stones reach peak heat, the smoke is vented out with the help, it's said, of a mythical "smoke eater.""

Read the full story from The New York Times Magazine Voyages Issue

Last updated : 06.12.2017
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