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Enemas heralded at spa

June 20, 2008

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Nurses pose near a monument to enemas at Mashuk Akva-Term Sanatorium in the town of Zheleznovodsk in the Russian Caucasus Mountains region. Alexander Kharchenko, director of the Russian spa, says the world's first monument to enema treatments has been unveiled at the spa in the southern city of Zheleznovodsk. The bronze syringe bulb weighs 800 pounds and is held by three angels.

Nurses pose near a monument to enemas at Mashuk Akva-Term Sanatorium in the town of Zheleznovodsk in the Russian Caucasus Mountains region. Alexander Kharchenko, director of the Russian spa, says the world's first monument to enema treatments has been unveiled at the spa in the southern city of Zheleznovodsk. The bronze syringe bulb weighs 800 pounds and is held by three angels.

— A monument to the enema, a procedure many people would rather not think about, has been unveiled at a spa in the southern Russian city of Zheleznovodsk.

The bronze syringe bulb, which weighs 800 pounds and is held by three angels, was unveiled at the Mashuk-Akva Term spa, the spa's director said Thursday.

"There is no kitsch or obscenity, it is a successful work of art," Alexander Kharchenko told The Associated Press. "An enema is almost a symbol of our region."

The Caucasus Mountains region is known for dozens of spas where enemas with water from mineral springs are routinely administered to treat digestive and other complaints.

Kharchenko, 50, said the monument cost $42,000 and was installed in a square in front of his spa on Wednesday. A banner declaring: "Let's beat constipation and sloppiness with enemas" - an allusion to a line from "The Twelve Chairs," a famous Soviet film comedy - was posted on one of the spa's walls.

Sculptor Svetlana Avakina said she designed the 5-foot-high monument with "irony and humor" and modeled the angels on those in works by Italian Renaissance painter Alessandro Botticelli.

"This device is eternal, it will never change," she told the AP. "We could promote this brand, turn it into a franchise with souvenirs and awards for medical doctors."

Dozens of monuments dedicated to characters from tall tales and popular jokes have been erected in post-Soviet Russia.

Comments

Confrontation 6 years, 6 months ago

I like that angels have been added. It's pretty symbolic of the way most people take their dose of religion.

Christine Pennewell Davis 6 years, 6 months ago

somepeople are just just just ok help me out what is the right word here people?

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