‘Man is the sole animal whose nudity offends his own companions, and the only one who, in his natural actions, withdraws and hides himself from his own kind.’
- Michel de Montaigne
The history of nakedness refers to social attitudes towards nakedness in different cultures. Wearing clothing is an exclusively human characteristic and an element of most human societies.
Going back in time, history reveals that many cultures embraced nakedness. Spartans went naked in sports competitions and their victories inspired the Greek to exercise in the nude even creating the word ‘gymnasium’ which comes from the Greek word gymnos = naked. Romans enjoyed social nudity in magnificent bathhouses and Adamists performed bare church services in North Africa. Germans are avid proponents of ‘Freikoerperkultur’ (Free Body Culture), while Japanese jump naked into hot springs, Finns are naked in saunas and the Jain monks in India live and pray naked.
Being naked socially provides people with considerable mental and physical benefits with the greatest psychological benefit being the acceptance, respect and liking for ones own body and respecting others in their various forms.
So what happened that nakedness today is frowned upon and social nudism is seen as immoral. Why does nudity upset some people and why does it excite others to such a degree. What happened that in the course of human evolution nakedness, which simply represents our body in its natural state, is now a catalyst for contradictory thoughts, feelings and activities.
Become free. Be bold. Be naked. BE YOU.