Aquaphobia! The fear of water. You feel anxious when you think about or see water. You avoid baths, showers, pools, and bodies of water. You fear water so badly, that you think that if you touch it, you will die.
Aquaphobia is different from thalassophobia, which is an intense phobia or fear of large bodies of water. If you have thalassophobia, you may be afraid of the ocean, sea, and large lakes.
Then there is ablutophobia, fear of bathing.
For one Amou Haji, these are not phobias, but simply his lifestyle. The 83-year-old has not bathed for the last 65 years. In fact, he believes he has lived all that long by keeping himself dirty.
According to Dr. Gholamreza Molavi, professor of parasitology at the Tehran School of Public Health, who conducted a series of health tests, found that Haji does not have any concerning diseases, and has a pretty solid immune system, with only trichinosis, a disease that comes from eating raw or under-cooked meat, as the only asymptomatic disease in his body.
Psychologists have it that such water-fearing disorders are a result of previous traumas, and Amou is not an exception either. Locals believe that there is a love story behind his life, that he mentions, but never explains. Yes, love issues can really get dirty!
At 83, Amou Haji announced that he is ready to have a life partner because he has healed from his past heartbreak and is now lonely. The man lives alone in the Iranian desert, he dislikes veggies and doesn’t like homemade food. He only does eat-outs, you know, a normal bachelor’s lifestyle. No one likes cooking for themselves. He survives on rotten porcupine meat and drinks 5 litres of water from a rusty can.
He also smokes cow dung, when he is short of cigarettes.
Though locals have often mistaken him for a rock, because of his colour, owing to his change, due to dirt, he believes he has a clean heart and is ready for love. Love should be built on a solid rock!
So, ladies, if you are looking for a mubabaz (Kenyan slang for an old-aged lover), Amou Haji got you. The Swahili saying, “mwanaume ni jasho” (a man is recognized by his sweat) seems to have a literal meaning here.
Anyway, love don’t care, right? Dirt is good.