Nudity in Ancient to Modern Cultures
(This chapter excerpt is from Aileen Goodson’s Therapy, Nudity & Joy)
“If anything is sacred, the human body is sacred”
-Wait Whitman I Sing the Body Electric
Primitive Nude Living
Many of us may be unaware that nudity is a normal condition that has prevailed throughout most of mankind’s existence. Anything from complete nakedness to casual body covering was a lifestyle component from prehistoric times through the Greco-Roman civilizations and into part of the Middle Ages.
Even today, in various remote areas of the warmer climes, naked societies persist as primitive tribes whose members do not wear clothes. These societies point up, among other things, how drastically our attitudes toward nudity and social organization have changed throughout human history. Unfortunately, modern civilization’s puritanical laws of decency have labeled unclothed tropical-zone cultures as offensive and inferior. Missionaries, settlers, and tradespeople have…
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