"It's All An Adventure"
The River In My Backyard
The Perfect Sweat
Pilgrimage to Mt. Kailash
County Fair Portraits
Mt. Shasta Portraits
Me & My Robot
Heppel & Ettlich Portraits
Non Technical books by Mikkel Aaland
The Sword of Heaven by Mikkel Aaland
The River in My Backyard by Mikkel Aaland
County Fair Portraits by Mikkel Aaland
Sweat by Mikkel Aaland
Pilgrimage to Kailash by Mikkel Aaland
How to Build Your Own Sauna by Mikkel Aaland
Technical & Video Training
by Leon Elder
Chapter 1: Sweat Bathing and the Body
“Give me a fever and I can cure any disease” – Hippocrates
Chapter 2: Mediterranean Baths
Water of winter, heat of summer, sweetness of autumn, and smile of spring.-Islamic poet, 18th century
Bathing in Medieval Europe
Whoever cleans himself in this bath
Unites with God
And cleanses in one bath
His body and soul, as he should
– Thomas Murner, Badenfahrt 1514
Chapter 3: The Finnish Sauna
If a sick person is not cured by tar, spirits or sauna, then they will die. – Finnish proverb
Chapter Four: The Russian Bania
We all know how man came into being.
Man was created when God took a bania and sweated profusely.
He dried himself off with straw and dropped the straw to earth where the Devil used the straw to create the body.
Then later, God gave man his soul. -Russian sorcerer, 1071
The Illustrated History and Description of the Finnish Sauna, Russian Bania, Islamic Hammam, Japanese Mushi-Buro, Mexican Temescal, and American Indian & Eskimo Sweatlodge
by Mikkel Aaland
©1978 & 2018 All Rights Reserved
Perfect Sweat, a serialized documentary based on Sweat, is currently in production. Follow us here.
The Irish Way
Young women, wishing to improve their complexion after making peat or pulling flax, used to have the sweat bath, as it removed the kells, or stains and made them look nice and white. -Rev. D.B. Mulcahy, “An Ancient Irish Hot-Air Bath”
Sweat comes from the outside and falls on men like dew on the grass.—Bantu saying
Chapter 5: The Japanese Mushi-Buro
The power of this kiln bath equals
hundreds of medicines.-Yosai Aotani, 19th cent. poet
Chapter Six: The Native American Sweat Lodge
“Behave as you would in your white man’s church.” -Hoskie, a Navajo
Origin of the Mayan Temescal
Chapter 7 : Using & Building Your Own Sauna or Sweat Bath
Credits & Bibliography
Purchase an ebook version of the original book, which includes the how-to-build section, here.
Purchase an ebook of the how-to-build section of Sweat, here.
Follow the progress of Perfect Sweat, a serialized documentary based on the original Sweat, here.
©2018 Mikkel Aaland
All Rights Reserved