The practice of nudism begins at the beginning of time itself. If you are a believer in science, you’ve probably noticed that unicellular organisms did not wear pants, nor do monkeys, and so far all the missing links have been found with their clothes off. If you are a believer in creation then you are well aware that Adam & Eve were card carrying nudists, even under their various pseudonyms. No matter where you look, you will find the origins of humanity are quite nude.
As time developed and civilizations emerged, people still chose to be naked. Examples include Ancient Greece, Egypt, North and South American Indians, Australia Natives and the Pacific Islanders including Hawaiian culture. The aesthetic appreciation for the human figure and nature is at the foundation of our planets artistic legacy.
But with time things like fashion and new technology became increasingly important to mankind and that led to the dawn of the industrial revolution. During this time people moved from the countrysides to the city. They crowded into small houses that had poor ventilation, poor pluming. The smoke stacks from homes and factories blotted out the sunlight. There was a lack of clean water, no access to fresh food, no modern sewage and garbage management. There was no such thing as a 40 hour work week, or a 5-day work week for that matter. So in the context of this heavy pollution, poor nutrition, over-worked, over-stressed environment, people got sick. It is in trying to solve this epidemic of poor health where we find the root of modern nudism.
By the late 1800’s there was a health movement taking shape. Physicians were prescribing “fresh air and light therapies” to sick city dwellers. The idea was to get out of the polluted unclean cities and to get back to nature. Over time this health movement adopted the name Naturism. Naturists practices strict vegetarianism, avoided alcohol and tobacco, and exercised their bodies in nature seeking the health benefits of sunshine and fresh air. Interestingly, nudity was just one of the features of naturism, and more of a secondary feature rather than a primary one.
Source: Our Natural Blog
Original publication 15 July, 2020
Posted on NatCorn 26th December 2020
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