"Holy" mud

What would you say about a man who all his life not washed or rarely cut and even more rarely change of clothes?
Or about a Princess, who is praised for the fact that it is not very wash head?
And one more question: can such persons to Express sympathy? But they are heroes, outstanding characters and admired for a long time. We are talking about heroes of Christian literature, numerous saints, the Saint, the blessed, as their share in titles, depending on the degree of religious deeds.
The Church was built impurity to the level of virtue from the first centuries of its existence. Strange, but true: dirtier Church hero than an extraordinary form of his feat, he is holier and more acceptable to God.
Take the Apostle James. Than he became famous?
The Apostle many merits before the Church. The Apostle led a life of strict fasting and prayer, did not drink wine, not eating meat, not to cut their hair and not washed in a bath.
The Apostle James was not alone. The monk Onuphrios had lived in the wilderness sixty years and so has acquired hair that they changed his clothes.
Martyr Barbarian lived for three years in the yard with the cattle, and then withdrew into the forest and twelve years spent without clothes, why his body was black. The hunters took him for the beast and was shot dead.
John the faster went the whole life in dirty, ragged clothes and also not washed.
The monk Simeon the Stylite built the pillar and stood on it several decades. The dwelling of the Holy recognized from afar by smell.
John the hermit thirty years spent immured in close corner of a hut with a small window for food.
The founder of the Kiev-Pechersk monastery Feodosia, which after the death called Holy, set an example to their subordinates that not wash or change clothes. Obviously, had revolted from the others, because "mnozi nesmyshlenye ukerewe of roughhouse", as recorded ancient chronicler.
To insects, regular satellites unscrupulous monk, was peculiar. It was considered that these are devils, and the best means against their bites served as the sign of the cross. Since it worked for a while, had to be baptized again."
The monk was a humbling not only in thought and behavior. Unkempt head, sloppy and dirty clothing was considered a sign of piety. There is a record of customs Kljunijsky monastery Dating back to 1100: "...About our baths are not many have something to say - it is only two times a year are we in the bath: before the Nativity of our Lord and before Easter..."
Coming to Russia in X century, the Christian religion is so hostile attitude to common among the Slavs steam baths, two or three centuries have banned them. The reason for this dislike is compounded by the fact that has long been revered by Slavs home deity lived, in their view, in the bath building. To cease all communication with this pagan competitor of Christ, the believers were punished: "if in the bath thou - C.)". Wash - so pray.
Religion is separated man in soul and body. The main turned out to be a soul. It protected and rescued, for which the whole life of a believer had to do one thing and do another. It is "one" and "other" defined and directed the Church.
Everything that was not pleasing to God, had the devil. Care for the human body also had the devil. Therefore, the Church maintained a scornful attitude to clean throughout society. In the XI - XIII centuries, the knights and ladies shining clothes, but rarely bathed. They preferred to use strong aromatic means.
Here's how biographer of the XIII century, described the advantages of Princess Margaret, daughter of a Hungarian king: "It was rarely used baths, very rarely used ointments, rarely soap head."
But the Princess was a model Christian.