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In pursuit of purity

Humans have always been obsessed with purity. We associate poor health with environmental and spiritual pollution, while purity of body, mind and behaviour has been promoted as a route to good health and spirituality. This gallery shows how some cultures and communities have used air, water, pain and sexual restraint in their pursuit of purity.

Words by Solomon Szekir-Papasavva

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About the author

Solomon Szekir-Papasavva

Solomon Szekir-Papasavva

Sol is the Engagement Officer for the Art & Health project at Wellcome Collection. The project involves cataloguing and promoting the use of selected art and archive collections in the Library.