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The Ultimate Sweat Lodge Quiz
by Staff
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
  • canvas
  • 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?

  • Yes.
  • 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?

  • eating
  • 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?

  • dehydration
  • 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
  • women