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In Los Angeles and feeling like you need some cleansing, healing, or therapy? Then come have your wound licked at this art show.

Dogs are known for licking their wounds, as it’s supposed to expedite healing. For the most part, at least in modern culture, dog saliva as a wound-healer is pretty unheard of and drool in general is considered germy, gross, and dirty, when it comes to humans. What if I told you that in ancient times, dogs were considered sacred, and their slobber could heal you from whatever ails you physically, spiritually, or psychologically? A quick Wikipedia search brings up a list of dogs cited in religion, from Christianity, to Hindu, to Aztec, and more. In this art exhibit, Matt Wardell explores the Asclepeion, the sacred temple where Ancient Greeks and Romans would journey to in search of healing. And yes, dog slobber was involved, and it worked.

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