Two dozen naked men, jostling and groaning as they are fanned with belching steam and lashed with clumps of leafy birch twigs, may not sound like a discovery of health, spirituality and inner calm. Yet the wise owls of the banya (steam bath, plural: bani) will tell you that this centuries-old ritual unlocks multitudinous secrets of physical and mental
well-being, not to mention wide tracts of the Russian soul.
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