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Nacirema community members exhibit good cultural organization amongst themselves. The tribe has a unique structure, where they perform the community rituals in defined shrines. As a form of organization, there are specialized individuals performing every ritual. Shrines are available in every household. Large households own more shrines than small infamous households do. Moreover, the community specifies that performance of rituals is a preserve for medicinemen. Nacirema community members regard medicine men as most powerful and specialized practitioners. Community organization continues down the hierarchy. Under magical practitioners and the prestigious medicine men, there are specialists referred to as holy-mouth men in the hierarchy (Nanda and Richard 4).
Holy-mouth men help Nacirema members address their mouth pathological horror that they believe originate from a supernatural being and have enormous impacts on their social relationships. The medicine men attend to communities of any size by having an imposing temple in which they treat critically ill patients. During a treatment ceremony, there are vestal maidens calmly going round chambers of the temple in distinguished headdress and costumes. A listener is a type of witch doctor in the hierarchy and structure. A listener possesses powers to eliminate devils from patients’ heads.
Nacirema community members are conformists. The tribe adheres to its stipulated conventions and customs. Every member of the community obeys and believes in its rituals despite pains, tortures, and discomfort they might experience. Necirema members accept mouth rituals despite continued decay and their teeth falling off. Each household conforms to the custom of owning at least a shrine.
Members of the Nacirema are faithful and true believers of their rituals. The community demonstrates a high level of faith through belief and contentment on individuals mandated to guide
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