Each group owes its traditions to a particular reason and advantages. The life of the Nacirema targets a quantifiable developed economy that has with time matured into a valuable natural habitat. While…
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It has similarly attracted many anthropologists whose concern is to identify and to expose the special unique practices (Murdock, p. 506) their practices embrace the limits to which people’s behavior could explore. The name Nacirema would be reversed to mean American and in that context the majority of the outsiders actually consider them total reverse due to their strange and unique practices.
In addition to that, the culture of body ritual among the Nacirema asserts that the body is quite in an ugly state and is vulnerable to diseases and infections. These are a major concern since man intends to make the body appealing, stronger and resistant to illness. And this they believe can be countered through a series of rituals and traditional ceremonies. In respect to that, every household owns a shrine indoors for these purposes. The amount of the shrines owned by a household would, therefore be dependent on their social status and economic depth. For instance, the opulence of a family is based on the number of ritual shrines that they posses. Most houses of the Nacirema group of individuals are made of daub and wattle. However, the shrines are built with strong magnificent stones an illustration of the special attachments and considerations of the shrines.this may seem so public but the rituals of every family secret to its members.
Among the many daily body rituals performed include the mouth rite. It entails an insertion of a smaller hog of hair pieces into the mouth accompanied with a powder that is magical and ultimately running the bundle in precious formalized routines of gestures. Another mouth rite, though done once or two times a year, is the private mouth rite. The procedure looks scarier and is a visual torture to most anthropologists who dare to unveil the practice. It involves more paraphernalia that consists of probes, augers
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Rituals in America are often the determined by a number of factors such as the lifestyles, cultural values, religious beliefs etc. Though these rituals are observed by different ethno cultural segments of the American, the commonalities of an American ritual depend on the question whether the lives of the common American people are determined and shaped by any the aforementioned factors.
Several stories, however, find magic in the natural and the common. Horace Miner’s Body Ritual Among the Nacirema, Cortazar's Letter to a Young Lady in Paris, and Chopin's The Story of An Hour all have something in them that made their characters' lives quite extraordinary.
Undeniably, most of the societies in the world has undergone tremendous revolution and have embraced modernity as part of life. Indeed, the modern society is characterized by high degree of evolution. More importantly is the fact that modern societies have changed tremendously from the traditional socialization aspects to ones that are more modernized.
In Miner Horace article, Body Ritual among the Nacirema there is profound information about strange things in which this tribe performed. There are various indicators in the story that reveal the topic of discussion such as how the nation changed to the way it is and the issue of Notgnishaw cutting of trees.
According to the study conducted, the profound ethnocentrism that Horace Miner used to portray the ‘oddity’ of the American culture is, in fact, an analytical instrument to identify which American elite or intellectual has the perfect view of American culture and the most appropriate remedy to its ‘illnesses’.
In his article in the American Anthropologist, however, Horace Miner manages to depict the tribe's extraordinary body rituals as beyond human comprehension, "poorly understood" (Miner 1956, p.503) and occultic in nature. The tribe itself he describes as "magic-ridden" (Miner 1956, p.507), characterized by a gruesome fascination with certain body parts that are routinely-and sadistically-subjected to torturous practices in the service of beauty and health.
It tries to look in to cultural and biological differences among human beings. Anthropologists view and compare reactions or behaviors of certain group against the other group of people’s behavior. This act of comparing uncovers