"Body Ritual Among The Nacirema" Essays and Research Papers

  • Body Ritual Among The Nacirema

    #1 Summary of Miner’s “Body Ritual among the Nacirema” Abstract This paper is a summary of Horace Miner’s paper “Body Ritual among the Nacirema”. It talks about how every culture has a set of rituals they practice religiously, and in particular, the unusual rituals and beliefs of the Nacirema people from an outsider’s perspective. Amanda Carson Sociology 111 Writing Assignment #1 January 25, 2015 Summary of Horace Miner’s “Body Ritual among the Nacirema Every society, tribe...

    Anthropology of religion, Culture, Human body 657  Words | 6  Pages

  • Body Ritual Among the Nacirema

     Body Ritual Among the Nacirema Edward Hamilton Sociology Professor January 15, 2014 The “Body Ritual Among the Nacirema” by Horace Miner, is an article that examines the various rituals that manifests within industrialized societies, specifically referencing to the United States. In the article Miner joked about the invasion of privacy and the obsession of becoming immortal. Miner provides gives outstanding evidence that the characteristics or an attitude...

    Anthropology, Cultural relativism, Culture 859  Words | 3  Pages

  • Body Ritual Among the Nacirema

     Body Ritual among the Nacirema Kelsey White Ivy Tech Community College Abstract Horace Miner wants his readers to learn the value of what a real culture should be and how Americans today are really like. In his article, Body Ritual among the Nacirema, Miner writes about a cultural tribe that has strange rituals and values that would seem unethical to anybody else. He describes how important culture is to them and portrays that Americans think...

    Anthropology, Cultural anthropology, Cultural relativism 1201  Words | 5  Pages

  • Body Ritual Among the Nacirema

    Body Ritual among the Nacirema Name Course Sociology Date 6/12/2013 Body Ritual among the Nacirema Horace Miner in the article, Body Ritual Among the Nacirema depicts a society that is growing naturally, but which has transformed itself into a ritual tribe. In this article, the tribe, Nacirema, is a tribe that has transformed itself naturally and which has incorporated a lot of beliefs and religious tendency for...

    Anthropology, Cultural anthropology, Cultural relativism 1031  Words | 3  Pages

  • Body Ritual Among the Nacirema

     Horace Miner’s Body Ritual Among the Nacirema Elizabeth Brower Introduction to Sociology Matthew Howell January 25, 2015 Abstract: Horace Miner’s point throughout the entire article of “Body Ritual Among the Nacirema” was to prove to us, Americans, that we are not superior to anyone else or any other culture, society, or religion. We are all the same, and we just to need to keep in the back of our minds that everyone does everything differently. Whether it is a dramatic difference, or...

    Ceremony, Culture, Human body 959  Words | 6  Pages

  • Body Ritual Among the Nacirema

    January 26, 2013 Horace Minor applied satire in his article “Body Ritual among the Nacirema.” to the culture of the American people. Several ways in which “Body Ritual among the Nacirema” relate to the core concepts of sociology are through the use of sociological imagination, ethnocentrism and cultural relativism. The American culture is described by Minor in a very unique and humorous way. The author uses satire to examine the rituals that are every day in American culture. The reader thinks at...

    1950s, Anthropology, Cultural anthropology 948  Words | 3  Pages

  • “Body Ritual among the Nacirema”

     “Body Ritual among the Nacirema” Horace Miner, an anthropologist of the nineteenth century, conducted a study on a local tribe known as Nacirema. According to his research their culture, like many others, is viewed as a strange way of life. He focused his studies on their religious belief, means of health, economics and overall way of life. During his research he found there are many vary surprising characteristics of the Nacirema culture. They have many different things they do in their...

    Herbalism, Human body, Medicine man 918  Words | 3  Pages

  • Body Rituals Among the Nacirema

    Body Rituals Among the Nacirema, “ by Horace Miner, is an essay written about the Nacirema, or American people, from an outsider’s perspective. Miner gives an insight on the Nacireman people, which he describes in his essay as an unknown tribe, and the completing of the Nacireman’s magical beliefs and practices, which involve daily, involuntary body rituals that cause much pain and discomfort. Miner shows how an outsider’s perspective can affect the way a culture is seen. In his essay, Miner uses...

    Culture, Culture of the United States, Essay 911  Words | 3  Pages

  • Body Ritual Among the Nacirema

    Body Ritual among the Nacirema Kim Wilson Ivy Tech Community College This article written by, Horace Miner, was my first read in where I was shocked to discover such barbaric rituals from other areas of life. I took the time to re-read this article several times. I have learned of many different cultures in where people do things that seem out of the ordinary; however the beliefs and practices of the Nacirema people just seem outlandish. According to, Professor Linton, who brought the...

    Americas, Anthropology, Cultural anthropology 1113  Words | 3  Pages

  • Body Ritual Among the Nacirema

    Connor Doyle Summary of Body Ritual among the Nacirema 10/20/2012 Introduction to Sociology The Nacirema Horace Miner depicted this cultural group located in Northwest America "living in the territory between the Canadian Cree, the Yaqui and Tarahumare of Mexico, and the Carib and Arawak of the Antilles" (Miner 503). Closely imitating the United States of America. If you take a look at the Nacirema's name spelled backwards, its American. The concept behind this is that Miner wanted to describe...

    Culture, Human body, Market economy 813  Words | 3  Pages

  • Body Rituals Among the Nacirema

    Body Rituals Among the Nacirema Abstract This study examines Horace Miner’s essayBody Rituals Among the Nacirema. While using the participant observation approach, he gives us a new perspective on the daily behaviors within this group of people. Exploring ethnocentrism and how we view cultures outside of our own. Horace Miner was a professor for the University of Michigan. He sought out to teach young people the importance of cultural anthropology. ("Horace Mitchell Miner - Wikipedia, the...

    Anthropology, Bronisław Malinowski, Cultural anthropology 1097  Words | 4  Pages

  • Body Ritual Among the Nacirema Assignment

    Running head: BODY RITUAL AMONG THE NACIREMA ASSIGNMENT 1 Body Ritual Among the Nacirema Assignment Name Community College BODY RITUAL AMONG THE NACIREMA ASSIGNMENT 2 Body Ritual Among the Nacirema Assignment “Body Ritual among the Nacirema" is a paper written by Horace Miner that illustrates American culture in a very different way than most American’s would view it. While it describes many areas of the American lifestyle, it is written to manipulate...

    Behavior, Culture, English-language films 936  Words | 3  Pages

  • Body Ritual among the Nacirema

    Brooklin Jefferies Body Ritual among the Nacirema In the Article, “Body Ritual among the Nacirema” anthropologist Horace Miner talks about a group of people known as Nacirema, or better yet, Americans. This article was to show how American’s are very ethnocentric. This is when we think our cultures are superior and everyone else is inferior. We find other cultures to be weird, but yet we’re not perfect. We think everything we do is perfect and better than everyone else. That is not the case...

    Anthropology, Culture, Medicine man 1003  Words | 3  Pages

  • Anthropology Analysis of "Body Ritual Among the Nacirema"

    in writing this article was not to show the “Nacirema” as an example of how extreme human behavior can become, but how an outside perspective can affect your perception of an alien culture. If one were to look at the “Nacirema’s” cultural behaviors regarding physical appearance and health without any insight or knowledge of the specific beliefs or values of that culture, they might seem bizarre and even incomprehensible. By showing behaviors and “rituals” performed by this unknown tribe, Miner allowed...

    Anthropology, Cultural anthropology, Cultural relativism 994  Words | 3  Pages

  • Body Ritual Among the Nacirema by Horace Miner

    point has, in fact, been expressed with respect to clan organization by Murdock (1949: 71).[2] In this light, the magical beliefs and practices of the Nacirema present such unusual aspects that it seems desirable to describe them as an example of the extremes to which human behavior can go. Professor Linton [3] first brought the ritual of the Nacirema to the attention of anthropologists twenty years ago (1936: 326), but the culture of this people is still very poorly understood. They are a North American...

    Anthropology of religion, Back to the Future, Ceremony 2675  Words | 7  Pages

  • Nacirema - Body Ritual in Anthropology

    professor from the University of Michigan, Horace Miner, wrote an article in The American Anthropologist that has become a mainstay of learning for anthropology students. Miner published the article to show a fictional exotic society called “Body Ritual among the Nacirema” as an example of how one’s own limited perspective might affect the perception of a foreign culture (Miner, 1956, p. 503). The article uses subtle humor to make the reader more comfortable in examining cultural behaviors, physical appearance...

    Anthropology, Bronisław Malinowski, Cultural anthropology 765  Words | 3  Pages

  • Body Ritual Among the Nacirema

    The article “Body Ritual Among the Nacirema” by Horace Miner, was very interesting because it mocks our society as a whole without blatantly stating the similarities. The reader is supposed to view the Nacirema as being quite outrageous in their way of life; the magical beliefs and superstitions. However, if you step back and look at the bigger picture of the article, is the Nacirema really any different from us? This statement, “The focus of this activity is the human body, the appearance and...

    Change, Herbalism, Human anatomy 684  Words | 2  Pages

  • Body Ritual among the Nacirema

    entering the Nacirema village. At first glance he must have had culture shock when learning about the daily mouth cleansing and the temples where some enter and never return. I came to realize that western cultures share many of the same daily rituals just like the Nacirema. This non-material culture has many reglionist beliefs such has the use of witch doctors, medicine men, shrines and oddly enough the Nacirema woman bake their heads in oven. In evaluating the culture of the Nacirema we can break...

    Anthropology, Cultural anthropology, Culture 581  Words | 2  Pages

  • Body rituals among the Nacirema

    Professor Emma Linton of the Martian Institute of Interplanetary Cultural Anthropology might have come up with her unexpected conclusions regarding to the body rituals of the Nacirema people. Linton's report was wildly inaccurate written due to the facts that she does not have any qualitative previous knowledge about the culture and she like to draw a comparison between cultures. She did not follow all the methodological process an anthropologist should follow, and a long term of studying of the...

    Anthropology, Ceremony, Cultural anthropology 597  Words | 2  Pages

  • Sociological Concepts Horace Miner Used in “Body Ritual among the Nacerima”

    In the article, “Body Ritual among the Nacirema,” author Horace Miner talks in detail about the culture of a North American clan, the Nacirema. Horace Miner seems to be particularly interested in the magical beliefs, practices, and rituals of the Nacirema clan. The “Body Ritual among the Nacirema” article shows many different examples of culture, cultural relativism, ethnocentrism, and qualitative research methodology. The sociological concept of culture is shown in nearly every paragraph of...

    Cultural relativism, Culture, Human body 952  Words | 4  Pages

  • Body Ritual Among the Nacirema

    Body Ritual Among the Nacirema” In Horace Miner’s essay on the tribe of Nacirema, it takes little effort to determine that Nacirema is a depiction of a typical American’s health habits. This essay is important for two reasons: It teaches principles about our own culture and it makes us assess the value/downfall of looking at other cultures with an etic approach. Without a doubt, this essay personalizes the study of cultures and its respective peoples. Regarding the view of North American...

    Anthropology, Culture, Emic and etic 525  Words | 2  Pages

  • Rituals of the Nacirema

    The rituals of the Nacirema To most of us, hospitals are a place to help you when you’re in need or want to get healthy. But for the Nacirema, it’s quite the opposite. According to the Nacirema ritual article, they call hospitals a latipso, which is hospital spelt backwards without the ‘H’. They discuss and caricature the repulsive viewings on what they think goes on in hospitals (latipso’s), or what they think they do. I will now tell you how in Miner’s perspective, the body is ugly and how...

    Body, Hospital, Human body 1106  Words | 3  Pages

  • Body Ritual Paper

    Sociology 111-00G August 30, 2013 Body Rituals Among the Nacirema As I began to read,Body Rituals Among the Nacirema” it made me realize that the word “Nacirema” itself is spelled “American” backwards, which is why I believe the author wrote this to show the extreme rituals and strange lifestyles Americans hold onto. Although the author does not mention the word American at all, we can easily tell just by reading his content and many examples who he is referring to. Minor uses qualitative...

    Anthropology, Cultural anthropology, Cultural relativism 856  Words | 3  Pages

  • Body Ritual Among the Nacirema Summary

    General Anthropology Body Ritual Among the Nacirema ` In this article anthropologist, Horace Miner writes about the depiction of the North American group called the Nacirema, described by a Professor Linton in the early 1900s. The Nacirema people were characterised as being obsessed with rituals about the vanity of the human body. There is a description of a shrine with medicines and magical materials placed inside. A daily ritual that is described is “scraping and lacerating the surface of...

    Anthropology, Cultural anthropology, Culture 489  Words | 2  Pages

  • Summary of Body Ritual Among the Nacirema

    Body Ritual Among the Nacirema” Summary In the essay “Body Ritual Among the Nacirema”, anthropologist Horace Miner depicts a group of people known as the “Nacirema”, but is referring to Americans, whose cultural beliefs are deeply rooted in the perspective that the human body is prune to sickness and disfiguration. Consequently, a substantial part of their lives is spent on unusual rituals and customs to improve conditions of the body that are filled with magical components. Moreover, Miner uses...

    Anthropology, Bathroom, Bronisław Malinowski 724  Words | 2  Pages

  • Nacirema

    Who are the Nacirema and how shall they be defined? The dictionary defines an Anthropologist as a person that studies human beings and their ancestors through time and space and in relation to physical character, environmental and social relations, and culture (Webster 2011). I am not claiming to be an Anthropologist however, from my viewpoint, I am not sure if I am capable of grasping my mind around the concept that “the body is ugly and that its natural tendency is to debility and disease” explained...

    Culture, Religion, Ritual 994  Words | 3  Pages

  • Body Ritual Among the Nacirema- Anthropology

    Sandra Bullard November 27, 2011 Body Ritual Among the Nacirema Dr. Chan Body Ritual Among the Nacirema The Nacirema are a North American group living in the territory between the Canadian Cree, the Yaqui and Tarahumare of Mexico and the Carib and Arawak of the Antilles. According to the Nacirema mythology, their nation was originated by a culture hero, Notgnihsaw, who otherwise known for two great fears of strength- the throwing of a piece of wampum across the river Pa-To-Mac and the choppin...

    Cultural relativism, Culture, Human body 841  Words | 2  Pages

  • Sociological Perspective on "Body Rituals of the Nacirema" by Horace Miner

    Body Rituals among the Nacirema” is an article written by Horace Miner about a group of people, the Nacirema, and their everyday functions or rituals. Miner relates the culture, practices, values, and beliefs of a seemingly exotic and strange tribe. He vividly and descriptively describes behaviors and activities that are interpreted as unusual and strange. The tribe Miner depicts seems primal and uncivilized, and yet somewhat familiar. They are a “North American group living in the territory between...

    C. Wright Mills, Culture, North America 982  Words | 3  Pages

  • The Nacirema

    Miner: American Vs. Nacirema Horace Miner expresses both irony and ridicule towards the American culture in his article “Body Ritual among the Nacirema”. He uses a sociological approach that is rather witty, using a fictitious North American group called the “Nacirema”. The views of this culture are much like our own, depicting the importance of societal status, wealth, health and appearance. Miner introduces the readers to a society living between Canada and Mexico, originated by a founder called...

    Cultural relativism, Culture, Expression 911  Words | 3  Pages

  • The Nacirema

    The Nacirema Analysis In the journal article “Body Rituals Among the Nacirema” by Horace Miner, the author described the Nacirema's beliefs and customs as extreme behavior that has many unusual aspects (Miner 2009.) Based on the article's findings it is unusual compared to those who live in other places where such practices are not really found. With that, it is not part of their culture which is described in sociology as “the learned, socially transmitted customs, knowledge, material objects...

    Cultural relativism, Culture, Quantitative research 1034  Words | 3  Pages

  • Nacirema

    Horace Miner writes about the Nacirema, a culture steeped in magic and superstition. Their ways of life are portrayed as uncivilized and barbaric. The Nacirema perform rituals and rites that are strange to us here in the civilized world. The description and portrayal of this tribe make it very hard for the reader to connect or even begin to understand such a strange people. Miner starts of the article creating an atmosphere of wonderment; “if all of the logically possible combinations of behavior...

    Anthropology, Cultural relativism, Culture 1309  Words | 4  Pages

  • Body Rituals Nacirema

     In the article “Body Ritual Among the Nacirema” by Horace Miner, he writes about a North American group known as the “Nacirema”, who were described by Professor Linton in the early twentieth century. In the article described, the “Nacirema” are a cultural group who seem to be obsessed with rituals they perform in regards to the human body on a day-to-day basis. These people believe that the human body is ugly and debilitating and are described to waste great portions of their days performing...

    20th century, Anthropology of religion, Culture 572  Words | 2  Pages

  • Bathroom and Rituals

    Nacirema HR 582 Managing Global Diversity Patsy A. Shepherd March 22, 2012 In Body Ritual Among the Nacirema, Horace Miner writes about the strange rituals that people do in America. While reading the story I was almost fooled, but as read further I realized the spoof of Nacirema; Nacirema is American spelled backwards and the references in the myth are the backward strange American everyday rituals. Miner’s word usage made it obvious it was just a myth, words like magical, fascination...

    Bathroom, Bathroom cabinet, Human body 951  Words | 3  Pages

  • Nacirema Culture

    Nacirema Culture A Review of the Literature Abstract Various anthropologists and sociologists have used the term Nacirema to examine aspects of the behavior and society of citizens of the United States of America. Nacirema offers a form of word play by spelling “American” backwards. This literature review will explain how “Body Ritual among the Nacirema” relates to ethnocentrism. Nacirema Culture A Review of the Literature “Body Ritual...

    Anthropology, Cultural relativism, Culture 820  Words | 3  Pages

  • Body Rituals among the Nacirema by Miner: Article Analysis

    Reaction Paper In his article Body Rituals among the Nacirema, Miner effectively convinces his reader of the ridiculous nature of America’s obsession with the body’s health and visual appeal by allowing his readers to form an opinion about themselves without realizing they are their own subject. At first glance the reader may be convinced he is reading about magical beliefs and extreme practices of a little know civilization. Miner effectively employs an academic tone as he opens the paper with...

    175, Culture, Human body 608  Words | 2  Pages

  • Anthropology Rituals

    Anthropologists define a ritual as an act of social practices that are repeatedly performed but are not always associated with religious beliefs or practices. These rituals are not the same as the day to day normal activity a person partakes in but more of symbolic gestures performed in a specific manner by a specific order in doing them (Lavenda & Schultz, 2013). The Nacirema culture performs specific ritual acts on a daily basis and as I quickly realized American culture is not that much different...

    Anthropology, Anthropology of religion, Culture 832  Words | 3  Pages

  • Sociology Nacirema

    2014 Writing Assignment 1 Horace Miner’s article “The Body Ritual” accurately depicts the obsession the United States has with self-image, while disguising Americans as a tribe called the Nacirema. The article shows how someone outside of the United States could potentially view America’s culture as strange with all of our rituals and self-obsession. “The Body Ritual” can provide examples of many topics presented in Sociology and people’s lives today such as...

    Anthropology, Cultural relativism, Culture 930  Words | 3  Pages

  • Body Rituals of the Nacirema

    Body Rituals of the Nacirema tells a story of a tribal group’s lifestyle and the rituals of it. Miner is actually talking about the American culture. As most of us know, Nacirema is American spelled backwards. In this article, Miner’s intention is not to express the extreme human behavior with the Nacirema, but the way it affects our perception of an unfamiliar culture. If we were to look at the Nacirema’s behaviors with regards to appearance and hygiene without the slightest bit of knowledge about...

    Civilization, Cultural anthropology, Culture 657  Words | 2  Pages

  • Body Ritual in Nacirema

    Body Ritual in Nacirema When I started reading Miner’s “Body Rituals among the Nacirema” I wasn’t really ‘reading’ it. By the end of the first page, it “hit me” and I had to start reading it over again. Realizing the essay was speaking of Americans gave me a whole different perspective. I found some of it quite amusing as well as enlightening. My feeling is that the author intended the reader to see our own ethnocentrism and question our own acts towards others with whom we are not familiar...

    Ritual, Wealth 538  Words | 2  Pages

  • Nacirema Case Paper

    Moxa Patel Nacirema Case Paper Managing Global Diversity – HRM 582 June 2, 2013 The Nacirema case study reminds us how cultural rituals were many years ago and how some of them are still existing today. The Nacirema tribe has many unconventional practices of how they live day to day. From the article “Body Ritual Among the Nacirema,” it is clear that they believe their bodies are not attractive and should not be presented in a promiscuous way. Professor Linton documented the North American...

    Anthropology of religion, Culture, Dentistry 876  Words | 3  Pages

  • Nacirema

    Body Rituals of the Nacirema Tribe By Sir Horatio Galbraith People in the Nacirema culture spend a considerable portion of their days in ritual activity. The focus of some of these activities is the human body, the appearance and health of which loom as a dominant concern in the minds of the tribe’s people. While such a concern is certainly not unusual, the way the tribe operates can be considered quite unique. The fundamental belief of the people appears to be that the human body is ugly and...

    Anthropology of religion, Ceremony, Herbalism 1007  Words | 3  Pages

  • Nacirema People

    The Nacirema people, living in the territory between the Canadian Creed, the Yaqui and Tarahumare of Mexico, and the Carib and Arawak of the Antilles, are a group of Northern Americans who have chosen to live their lives in a strange manner. There is a main premise to their choice of lifestyle and that is to rid the body of its ugliness and natural tendencies towards debility and disease. (p. 503). The Nacirema people have devoted their lives to deterring these features of themselves through ritual...

    Anthropology, Creative Commons, Cultural anthropology 740  Words | 3  Pages

  • The Reality of the Nacirema

    "Body Rituals among the Nacirema" is a document written by Mr. Horace Miner. Miner was a graduate of the University of Chicago, with a degree in anthropology. Throughout his life, Miner was dedicated to his studies ranging in anthropology to sociology. He was very interested in the study of anthropology, but Miner disagreed with the way that other cultures were represented. He thought American anthropologists believed that the American culture was "normal" and, that the other studied cultures...

    Anthropology, Cultural anthropology, Cultural studies 888  Words | 3  Pages

  • Body Rituals of the Nacirema: Questions

    Read the Body Rituals of the Nacirema and answer the following questions. 1. What are 3 things these people believe? As the article states, The Nacirema believe that parents bewitch their own children and for that the doctor has the power to exorcise the devils that lodge in the heads of people who have been bewitched All natives believe they couldn’t live without many charms and magical potions They also believe that The Nacirema human body is ugly and that its natural tendency is to debility...

    Ceremony, Debut albums, Exorcism 568  Words | 2  Pages

  • The Elusive Nacirema Tribe

    of the perceived “normal” individual, rituals and rites performed by individuals as part of a different culture might seem harsh, cruel or even barbaric. After my first read of "Body Ritual among the Nacirema", that is how I perceived their daily way of life. They believe in magic potions, seeking pain from the “holy – mouth – men” a couple of times a year, and the men and women perform acts that seem to contradict one another by trying to obtain abnormal body shapes, and then the men cut their face...

    Acts of the Apostles, Anthropology, Culture 977  Words | 3  Pages

  • Reflections over Body Ritual Among the Nacirema

    Cultural Perspectives of Dress JOURNAL ENTRY CHAPTER 1 1.6 Body Ritual among the Nacirema Horace Miner, University of Michigan In the article, the author introduces us alleging that the anthropologist is familiar with so many different behaviors that it is hard to believe he can be shocked by some exotic culture. However, he specifies later that the piece is just about how far humans can reach regarding their demeanors and rites. Along the article, Miner describes the habits – I might just...

    Culture, Human body, Hygiene 714  Words | 2  Pages

  • Body Rituals

    In the story, “Body Ritual Among the Nacirema”, by Horace Miner he talks about the Nacirema tribe and describes the body rituals that their society does on a regular basis that they view as the norm in their society and culture. While reading about these strange and unusual rituals, one can’t help but think that what these people are doing is totally and completely ridiculous. Ethnocentrism comes over and judgment takes place, but in reality some could view our American culture as just and crazy...

    Anthropology of religion, Breast, Culture 638  Words | 2  Pages

  • The body ritual of the Nacirema

    The Body Ritual of the Nacirema discusses the habits of Americans and medical professionals to someone outside the culture. The article is meant to make the Americans health habits seem like a new discovery. In the article it examined health habits that Americans follow, it also examined the bathroom habits of the Americans, and it also examined the medical professionals that treat them. But the distinction of the habits of the Americans in the article is that the author worded them as if they were...

    Bathroom, Bathroom cabinet, Dental caries 810  Words | 3  Pages

  • Nacirema

    primitive Nacirema, who carve out an existence somewhere between "the Canadian Cree, the Yaqui and Tarahumare of Mexico, and the Carab and the Awawak of the Antilles" ("Body Ritual among the Nacirema, p. 1). Who could even think to compare Americans, in our advanced state, with such a remote and isolated group? However, upon closer reflection, however, it occurred, much to the present author's surprise, that the Nacirema and Americans are in fact mirror images of one another. First, the Nacirema have...

    Anthropology of religion, Bathroom, Human body 690  Words | 2  Pages

  • Nacirema

    Zhakypbek Yerkinbek ARM Tutor: William McMutrie Body ritual among the Nacirema A well-known anthropologist Horace Miner has conducted a research on the community called the Nacirema, which was originated in North America. The main focus of the research was made on the body rituals of the Nacirema, which then becomes the title of his work. According to Horace (1956) fundamental belief of the Nacirema is that a human body is weak and imperfect, irresistant to many diseases. He believes...

    Anthropology, Culture, Human 495  Words | 2  Pages

  • nacirema

     “Body Ritual Among The Nacirema” As I started to read “Body Ritual Among The Nacirema” by Horace Miner I was really confused. You told us that the homework was to write what was the real true meaning of this reading but I had to reread the pages over and over to find the true meaning to the reading that Horace Miner was talking about. It is a culture named Nacirema and that no one really know much about this culture. And also that they come from the east. He talks about the rituals they have...

    Alchemy, English-language films, Human body 481  Words | 2  Pages

  • Body Ritual

    Fatih Elmali Body Ritual and Witchcraft Many native males and females from a highly developed culture in Nacirema engage in a body ritual almost daily, which involves from leaving their homes at various times in the morning or afternoon and engaging in activities that strain the body as well as the mind. This ritual usually encompasses males and females of ages 18 and older. In this strange place, the ritual is a requirement to keep their bodies as well as their families’ bodies functioning...

    Behavior, Human, Human body 661  Words | 2  Pages

  • The Nacirema Tribe

    The Nacirema tribe has many strange rituals in regards to the cleanliness or beauty of the body. They believe the human body is ugly and debilitating. Everything they do is in response to that thought process. They spend a large portion of their day in rituals to cleanse their body. They go to medicine men or witch doctors in order to perfect their body. One such horrific ritual is that they go to a medicine man that performs the decorative body rite. The Decorative Body Rite The Decorative...

    Gender, Human body, Physician 728  Words | 2  Pages

  • Nacirema Reflection Paper

    Nacirema Reflection Paper As Filipinos, we believe that our way of life is inferior to all others but for other cultures they think theirs are superior to the rest. This feeling isn’t something that many people want to have, but it happens over time as a person becomes integrated into their own culture. Change is typically hard and being able to look at a completely new culture or way of life as normal doesn’t come naturally to most. However, with time and patience many can overcome the ethnocentrism...

    Culture, Discrimination, Human 596  Words | 2  Pages

  • Body Rital Among the Nacirema(Chinese)

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  • The Nacirema

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  • Human Body and North American Group

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