The Ultimate Sweat Lodge Quiz
Your system needs a good cleansing and the place to do it is at a sweat lodge. Is it healthy or risky? Take this hot quiz on sweat lodges and find out.
With what do people in the United States normally associate sweat lodges?
- with masochist behavior
- with Mormon retreats
- with Native American tradition
Why do the Polish people use sweat lodges?
- as part of folk medicine
- to carry on an ancient tradition
- in order to relax after a hard day's work
When does the earliest evidence of sweat lodges date back to?
- 1000 B.C.
- 5 B.C.
- 200 A.D.
Which of these are valid reasons for sweat lodges, according to Native American culture?
- to give thanks and to celebrate
- to lose weight and to boost strength
- both of the above
Why did Christians force Native Americans to give up their sweat ritual?
- because the Native Americans viewed it a sacred
- because it looked primitive
- because it was unhealthy
In what way are sweat lodges different from saunas?
- Sweat lodges are much bigger than saunas.
- People spend less time in saunas than in sweat lodges.
- Sweat lodges are hotter than saunas.
Some sweat lodges are built into a hole in the ground. What are they covered with?
- a glass dome
- wooden planks or tree trunks
What method do they use to heat up the sweat lodge?
- They heat up rocks and place them inside.
- They light a log fire inside.
- They turn on underground electric coils.
How hot are sweat lodges?
- 95 degrees Fahrenheit (35 degrees Celsius)
- 102 degrees Fahrenheit (39 degrees Celsius)
- 107 degrees Fahrenheit (42 degrees Celsius)
Why do they sometimes pour water on the hot rocks?
- to cleanse the interior
- to cool it down a bit
- to make it particularly hot
It's rumored that some sweat lodges are built in total silence. Is this true?
- No, it's a myth.
- There's no such rumor.
Sweat lodges are becoming increasingly popular and are built at:
- wedding halls and convention centers
- spas and resorts
- theme parks and amusement parks
Which of these are sometimes recommended before one undertakes a sweat experience?
- drinking a glass of beer
- neither of the above
Whose job is it to tend to the fire in the sweat lodge?
- the firekeeper
- the sweat staff
- the fire man
What sorts of "offerings" can people add to the hot rocks?
- coins or jewelry
- sweet grass or tobacco
- incense or spices
Who attends nude sweats?
- males and females
- females only
- males only
What medical conditions are sweats reputed to heal?
- head colds and sinus problems
- heart disease and hepatitis
- post-natal depression and obesity
If you feel a headache, nausea or fatigue in a sweat lodge, what might this be a sign of?
- heat exhaustion
- both of the above
Why should rocks not be reused after one sweat?
- because they become ritually unclean
- because they might develop cracks and explode
- because they can't be heated a second time
Who is most at risk in a sweat lodge?
- the elderly or people with compromised immune systems
- non-Native Americans