Whether to remove shoes in the house: the traditions of different countries
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There are no peoples, cultures or religions requiring constant wear shoes in the living room, but the removal of shoes before entering the residential part of the house is regulated by many cultures.
For example, in Japan, where the basis of the size grid of any home is the mat, it is strictly forbidden to walk on the floor, the laid mat in the shoe. Even inside the house to the entrance to the bathroom using special slippers.
It should also be remembered that the traditional Japanese during meals are arranged around a low table, sitting on the floor. They sleep on mattresses that are spread out directly on the mat.
In India, where the purity of the streets - a relative term, the removal of shoes at the entrance to the house is considered mandatory (the opposite is seen as disrespect to the owners). Generally, in the East, where the meal is traditionally carried out on the floor, squatting, shoes always leave behind a threshold. In warm countries, popular lightweight shoes, often without the backdrop, which is easy to remove and put on.
had a certain influence on this tradition and religion. So, in Islam the ritual cleansing before prayer involves the washing and cleansing of the feet at the entrance to the mosque. In Shintoism - out of respect for the gods and deceased ancestors and to preserve the purity of their souls - worshipers remove their shoes to the threshold of the temple. The same requirements exist for the Jews, who, most likely, are guided by the instructions in the Torah about the need to remove their shoes on holy ground.
Of course, there are differences in the approach to this issue, due to the financial situation. The large houses of wealthy people has always been a servant, who watched over the purity. In addition, the area of houses is always divided into a total, which did not take off shoes, and private quarters, usually located on the second floor, where there is always dressed in a comfortable slippers.
In most European countries, especially in Scandinavia and Russia, due to weather conditions always come into the house, take off their shoes, if the owners do not insist on the return. Of course, in modern conditions, when many travel by cars and little contact with the urban open space, many habits are changing.
In the US, most families adhere to tradition, take off your shoes at home, but there may be exceptions depending on the specific conditions and local traditions. I think that the notion that the West did not take off their shoes in the house, based on the film, which you can often see people in the shoes on the bed, on the sofa or even on the table. Such views are not always correct. We can say that for all national, material and cultural differences prevailing trend is the use of the house footwear, other than the one in which we walk through the streets.