Washing through history

The rise of Christianity in Europe may have led to reduced practice of washing, according to Katherine Ashenburg in Clean: An Unsanitized History of Washing. Judith Flanders has the review for The Telegraph.

According to the review, "Christianity may be the only major religion where, early on, washing became almost entirely detached from ritual observance. True, vestiges remain, in baptism and in the washing of corpses, but little else. It was very different before. (classical times)"