They say cleanliness is next to Godliness. That phrase may have been invented in the Middle Ages when bathing was considered more ritual than a daily routine.
Baths were something only the rich could afford – unless bathing itself fell out of style, then it was something they only did once in a long while.
Meanwhile, anyone who worked in or around a river would be bathed every day, in a way, or washed regularly with water. Everyone bathes for a variety of reasons. But what if someone didn’t?
It happens to everyone. Something more important comes up, there’s an emergency, or maybe you don’t feel like it. You didn’t do anything all day, so you don’t need to bathe.
While many go without the essential water they need to bathe correctly; many choose not to do it out of a personal or lifestyle choice.
Others may not be able to bathe due to complex medical reasons. Amou Haji has not bathed in over 60 years. His motives are a bit more complicated than most.
10 /10 World's Dirtiest Man
Amou Haji is an 80-year-old man who hasn’t taken a bath in 65 years.
Not since he was a young man.
He hasn’t bathed since he was rejected by a woman, which drove him not only into uncleanliness but into a long life of stoic isolation.
His main reason for not bathing, when asked, is that he is scared of water.
9 /10 Skin Deep
Haji is covered head to foot in dirt and ash. He lives in mostly arid Dejgah, a village in southern Iran, and over his long life has accrued more than what could be called a crust.
His skin is stained from the dirt. His hands and feet are very dark, and only a few places on his face have his natural skin tone due to how much his wrinkled facial muscles move.
He has a full beard of greyish hair and a half-full head that is equally filthy but different reasons.