Nudity in religion deals with the differing attitudes to nudity and modesty among world religions. Hesiod the writer of the poem Theogony , which describes the origins and genealogies of the Greek gods in Ancient Greek religion , suggested that farmers should "Sow naked, and plough naked, and harvest naked, if you wish to bring in all Demeter 's fruits in due season. Although most ceremony and traditions involve dressing up, often with some preferential attire, certain cultural or religious traditions actually prescribe d ritual nudity. For example, ancient Sparta held a yearly celebration from BC called gymnopaedia during which naked youths displayed their athletic and martial skills through the medium of war dancing. The Abrahamic religions of Judaism , Christianity , and Islam all recount the legend of the Garden of Eden , found in the Hebrew Bible , in which Adam and Eve are unaware of their nakedness until they eat the forbidden fruit of the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil. After this, they feel ashamed and try to cover themselves with fig leaves.
It seems fitting that the Sunshine State would be a magnet for sun worshipers from around the world. Florida is much more than just a place for naturists to gather, says Ramon Maury, naturist industry representative and voice in Tallahassee. But Pasco is hardly alone in offering a range of naturist-friendly attractions and activities.
W hen I arrive at the yoga class, the naked teacher is quietly explaining how to move into triangle pose. In the grassy fields nearby there are another 50 or so people, some spread out on towels, others strolling in the midday sun. I knew, of course, that everyone would be naked. Naturists famously claim to accept the human form in all its varieties. Might being among them help me to accept myself?