Body Ritual Of The Nacirema Analysis

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Understanding the Nacirema When a person visits a foreign country it may be difficult for them to understand the other countries culture. To better understand this Miner wrote a paper about a foreign country in his perspective. Miner wrote a paper about the Nacirema titled “Body Rituals of The Nacirema”. The work was a little vague but true, shows the American way of life, and has many hidden meanings. Miner describes the Nacirema with vague but true detail about what he saw happening. “In this light, the magical beliefs and practices of the Nacirema present such unusual aspects that its seems desirable to describe them as an example of the extremes to which human behavior can go.” (Minor 1956) The language could most similarly compared …show more content…

The author hid the real culture he was talking about because he wanted the reader to have a clear and unbiased thinking about the country he was writing about. "Professor Linton fist brought the ritual of the Nacirema to the attention of anthropologist twenty years ago, but the culture of this people is still very poorly understood. “( Minor 1956 ) Minor writes as if no one knew about the Nacirema and brought to the attention by Minor. If the reader knew that this was his country he would immediately have a connection to the rituals and see them as normal and just a normal day form them. The hints in some of the writing like the man who cut the cherry tree down was referring to Abraham Lincoln. The Nacirema also had shrines we call them cabinets that include the sink in the bathrooms. When I understood that Nacirema is American I found it familiar but before then I though wooden statue with religious context. The mouth ritual was done with hog’s haired tied together and magical cocktail and moved around the mouth. The ritual was brushing the person’s teeth. These words usage underline the fact that the reader is reading about a culture that’s not theirs and is between Canada and Mexico. This could amuse some people who didn’t catch to the hints and read the article thinking there was a secret hidden culture between Mexico and

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