Only they seem to enjoy the painful events inflicted upon them. He is trying to portray that society has changed so much over the years and has made such a negative effect on this world, and that we need to learn what really matters and what a positive culture is. A huge reason would be that I could never go from my own Christian faith to the religious practices of the Nacirema. The American culture is described by Minor in a very unique and humorous way. See for a 2013 book that provided a counter-narrative. . Miner specifically talks about the Nacirema culture in paragraph 3.
The article uses subtle humor to make the reader more comfortable in examining cultural behaviors, physical appearance, and health as the reader soon discovers that the actual society being examined is the American society. Miner was trying to have his readers think outside the box with this one, and use our cultural prejudices against our own society morals. The Nacirema believe the body to be ugly and detestable and seek to avoid its uncleanliness through ritual and ceremony. There are several ways in which Miner describes the practices of our American culture through the practices of the Nacirema. They do horrible, painful things to themselves and to other people as well.
Both writers use find culture through anthropology, while Miner concludes with a result in Body Ritual Among the Nacirema, Wagner dissects the process of which is being used, The Idea of Culture. 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. It is quite amazing the learn about the different cultures that we have in this world that we never even knew about but is happening from day to day in this life. This tribe that is spoken of is the American. It is hard to understand how they have managed to exist so long under the burdens which they have imposed upon themselves.
He wrote all the facts of the clan without being bias and he spoke of all the specific things the clan did and he told why they did those specific things. They even have special shrines where they worship, and do their business in. Miner wants us to realize that when someone, such as an anthropologist describes another culture, we can interpret that into being abnormal but in actuality, it is, by all means, very normal. It demonstrates how people will perform extreme procedures to achieve perfection, and even after this they will still feel they are ugly and not perfect. Each day every member of the family, in succession, enters the shrine room, bows his head before the charm-box, mingles different sorts of holy water in the font, and proceeds with a brief rite of ablution. This refers to the conceptualization of the English vowel system based on orthography with 5 vowels , which is in stark contrast to the actual system with nine vowels and several diphthongs. Mothers are particularly suspected of putting a curse on children while teaching them the secret body rituals.
Few supplicants in the temple are well enough to do anything but lie on their hard beds. His poems were filled with various feelings and emotions in his childhood, adolescence, and even adulthood which later became his writing style and edge among other poets. Things like describing the territory where America is located. One has but to watch the gleam in the eye of a holy-mouth-man, as he jabs an awl into an exposed nerve, to suspect that a certain amount of sadism is involved. These practitioners have an impressive set of paraphernalia, consisting of a variety of augers, awls, probes, and prods.
Nash shows how these practices are shaped by culture, history, and power. For example, were humans born with good or a bad intention is an ongoing debate. It is the nature of humanity to dispel the belief that their culture could possibly be so primitive and unethical as Miner has described. He focuses on a North American Group, which he considers Naciremas which is Americans backwards. This article is reprinted and appears as the final chapter in an anthology called Nacirema: Readings on American Culture. Natural reproductive functions are similarly distorted.
The counter-magic of the witchdoctor is unusual in its lack of ritual. Miner also says that the Nacirema associate a healthy with moral characteristics. Data can be organised in many ways, and is normally specific to the person organising it. Thomas in his paper The Mysterious Fall of the Nacirema. The rites are normally only discussed with children, and then only during the period when they are being initiated into these mysteries.
Miner does an exceptional job in disguising the Nacirema as Americans. 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. The main point of this article is that there are numerous other ways of communicating and expressing oneself without ever speaking or verbally communicating. Little is known of their origin, though tradition states that they came from the east. The tactics of the teaching profession that I, a modern educator, am about to describe, result in the very opposite. Since their livelihoods depend on how well they perform, many use magic to try to control or eliminate the chance and uncertainty built into baseball.
The Nacirema people were characterised as being obsessed with rituals about the vanity of the human body. If you take a look at the Nacirema's name spelled backwards, its American. To view it in an objective and unbiased manner requires applying the interactionist, the conflict, and the functionalist theories. He wanted his readers to see how crazy different cultures, as well as your own, can be. While each family has at least one such shrine, the rituals associated with it are not family ceremonies but are private and secret.
Since rituals enforce these roles and values, they create social solidarity. Maybe he wanted us to view our culture and determine how we would be viewed in other cultures. Miner was a graduate of the University of Chicago, with a degree in anthropology. No matter how ill the supplicant or how grave the emergency, the guardians of many temples will not admit a client if he cannot give a rich gift to the custodian. He is not charismatic or bombastic but he has a special way of persuading and convincing his audience.