Every culture has a secret ingredient, and for Finnish culture and society it is the sauna. The sauna is an actual bath and bathhouse which in practical life brings people together in ways otherwise impossible. And the sauna as symbol brings together and integrates the many contradictory ideals and realities of Finnish society and culture. Through the sauna, nature and culture, the individual and society, the person and the polity, may be woven into an integral whole.
The Author: Lisa-Marlene Edelsward is a Canadian of Finnish and Swedish ancestry. After completing her undergraduate degree at the University of British Columbia in Anthropology and Linguistics, she continued with graduate studies in Anthropology at McGill University. She has lived for three years in Finland and eight months in Africa (Cameroon). She is currently engaged in ethnographic field research in highland Sardinia, Italy.
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Date of Publication
American University Studies Series 11: Anthropology/Sociology