Sauna en The steamy art of Latvia's ritual saunas <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Lying face down in deep snow, naked, in bone chilling sub-zero weather is enough to make anyone think twice.</p> <p>But such are the extremes required to penetrate the mysteries of the "pirts" - Latvia's little-known and complex interpretation of what is known in other parts of the world as the sauna, banya, hammam, Roman bath or Native American sweat lodge.</p> <p>For Juris Batna, owner of the Lielzemes -- literally, 'Big Strawberries' -- pirts complex 50 kilometres (31 miles) south of the capital Riga, there are no short cuts when it comes to the rituals of the Latvian bath-house.</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Bathing Europe Juris Batna Sauna AFP Sat, 23 Feb 2013 05:46:15 +0000 5764037 at