In this article, we immerse ourselves in the world of nudism and present the keys to practicing the so-called Free Body Culture and its hygienic and mental benefits.
Historically there has always been a close – not completely coincidental – relationship between naturism, natural medicine and nudism. And it is that, with the arrival of summer and good weather, Nature offers us a golden opportunity so that, through the nude, we enter into a much more direct contact with Nature and its four elements.
The original nudity
The myth of the earthly Paradise or Arcadia, transmitted by most ancient cultures, presents Adam and Eve unaware of their nakedness, but happy in their direct integration with Nature and with God. With the exclusion of paradise, which symbolizes the phenomenon of the origin of consciousness, Adam and Eve notice their nakedness and it is at this moment that they feel ashamed and feel the need to cover themselves with furs. The dress is, therefore, a travel companion for man’s departure from paradise, such as illness, the consciousness of death, war and disagreements.
Man breaks with his original and primal state and clothing becomes a necessary added cultural element in a society full of tensions and contradictions, dramatically removed from the laws of Nature. Thus, the sexual parts could be a factor of social and emotional discord and should be repressed and hidden. However, in all cultures there is still the memory of original nudity and its positive innocence, the longing that when man possesses himself, the nude may again be possible, as modern nudism claims.
Greek exaltation of the natural
Greek beauty contains within it an exaltation of the nude as something natural that brings us back to that time when man and Nature were not in contradiction.
The Hellenic nudes are noble, they harmonize the natural with the most sublime, the spiritual.
Negativity of the Judeo-Christian vision
With the triumph of the Judeo-Christian vision, the corporeal is condemned as the origin of the negative. Even human nature corrupted by sin and the rigorous notion of sin and guilt are now suspected, associating the nude with pain and torment. In fact, in Christian art, the only nude allowed is that of Christ on the cross, a nude inseparable from wounds, blood and suffering.
The culture of the Middle Ages emphasizes even more, if possible, in this position: the body must be hidden and the art itself is filled with deaths, graves and extinct natures in an attempt to show that what is important is, above all, the transcendence.
Source: lo que Somos
Original publication 18 December, 2014
Posted on NatCorn 14th April 2020
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