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From:J Matthew Pearson <pearson@...>
Date:Sunday, April 22, 2001, 6:43
Roger Mills wrote:

> ObConlang: Kash: riyena eyurun? Where is the toilet/restroom. _eyurun_ > is lit. "the place". They do have flush toilets. And of course they bathe, > but I haven't worked on getting the fur dry. > Gigantic blow-driers?
Perhaps they bask in the sun. Tokana villages have communal latrines--after a fashion. Basically they're just little sheds called "nankotu", or "water rooms", generally built on short stilts over running water (downstream from the village, of course). The shed itself consists of a single room with a hole in the floor (sometimes a seat, but usually not) and a pile of scented leaves for cleaning yourself afterwards. Bathing receives more careful consideration: The Tokana bathe between three and seven times a week. Most villages have a communal bathhouse, or "paukatia", with a large round tub made of cedar planks (not unlike a traditional Japanese tub). In the larger villages, such as Tenmothai and Kemothasi, these bathhouses can be quite elaborate structures, with hot and cold tubs and steam rooms, all done with elaborate tilework. (No running water, though; the water must be brought in in buckets from a nearby stream.) As in ancient Rome, the bathhouse is a common gathering place for men. At the southern end of the Tokana territory is a large spa built around a hotsprings. People come from all over for the curative baths. Matt.