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Year : 2009  |  Volume : 10  |  Issue : 4  |  Page : 187 Table of Contents     

"Cleanliness is next to godliness"


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Rachel Hajar

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Hajar R. "Cleanliness is next to godliness". Heart Views 2009;10:187

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Hajar R. "Cleanliness is next to godliness". Heart Views [serial online] 2009 [cited 2020 Nov 27];10:187. Available from: https://www.heartviews.org/text.asp?2009/10/4/187/63691

[Additional file 1]The human feet that support the bowl add a touch of comedy to the vessel's appearance, but they were not created solely as a humorous element. In ancient Egypt as in other societies, disease prevention began with cleanliness. Throughout human history, the major problems of health that men have faced have been concerned with community life, for instance hygiene and cleanliness and the control of transmissible disease. Cleanliness has been next to godliness because of religious beliefs and practices. People kept clean so as to be pure in the eyes of the gods and not for hygienic reasons. Cleanliness and hygiene were emphasized on such grounds among the Egyptians, the Mesopotamians, the Hebrews, and other people.

The bowl above is an early example of this theme in Egyptian art, representing a functional container for water. This red and round polished clay water basin is tilted slightly forward as if to offer its contents. It was probably created for ritual libations, such as purified water from the River Nile (the source of annual regeneration for Egypt's crops). It was recently interpreted as a three-dimensional representation of the two-dimensional hieroglyph for the word "clean."


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