The Nacirema practices consist of magic driven rituals and ceremonies that shape human behaviour. The rituals and ceremonies establish Horace Miner’s view of Nacirema as American spelt backwards. Initially, the Nacirmea culture originates from the Canadian Cree, Yaqui, Tarahumare of Mexico, the Carib and Arawak of the Antilles. The origin comes from the natives who first landed in America. However, the culture Nacirema comes from the hero Notgnihsaw, who initially is Washington, spelt backwards is the first president of the United States. Nevertheless, the culture develops from the rich natural habitat known as the natural resources to develop the economy.
Have you ever seen ancient ruins before? The Olmec ruins may be one of the best to visit! These ancient ruins are located in southern Mexico and into Guatemala, specifically between the coordinates of 16˚N and 91˚E. This ancient civilization was unbelievably artistic, making unique sculptures of heads and masks. An interesting mystery today is their name, Olmec, which means, “Rubber People.” The best place to go on vacation is the ancient ruins of the Olmec civilization.
Cahokia, often called “Monk’s Mound”, was composed of hundreds of human built mounds. Cahokia was home to hundreds of indigenous and the Mayans had systematically constructed it to make it city like and accessible for trade to occur.. Large posts surrounded Cahokia for the Mayans to make astronomical findings. Their astronomical findings led to the establishment of a calendar that they used for religious
The area of the Khina culture is a plateau region in the mountains, surrounded by slopes and lots of rocks located in central Africa. The group living in the region is a pastoralism/early agriculture-based society, needing to grow food and collect supplies to prepare and cultivate their crops. It has been well documented that the transition into agriculture was very hard on humans as a whole, all around the world, and this would have been no different living where the Khina people lived. While little formal and recent archaeological excavations have been done in the area, the ethnographic record with recorded accounts from around the 1920s is extensive and provides a lot of information about what could be expected in an excavation of the area
The culture that Miner is describing is the Nacirema culture. The Nacirema culture is very complex with many different and harsh rituals. Their culture believes that the human body is ugly, so they perform many brutal rituals to make their body as perfect as it can be. The author of this article, Horace Miner, uses descriptive and harsh detail to describe the brutal rituals that the Nacirema culture to elicit reactions from the reader. For example, Miner explains a daily ritual that is called mouth-rite, and Miner introduces the practice by saying “Despite the fact that these people are so punctilious about care of the mouth, this rite involves a practice which strikes the uninitiated stranger as revolting” (American Anthropologist pg. 504).
One way Native American civilizations adapted to where the settled was by changing their way of getting food by going through the Agricultural Revolution. This was a period when many people went from hunting and gathering by moving around and going wherever their sources of food, animals, went to planting/raising crops so that they were in villages (one place at a time). Many built areas, like the Olmec who made the first big city Teotihucán, and structures, like the Maya and Toltec who built pyramids which led to the ideas of other places. The Aztec defeated cities around them by the power of their militaries and their ceremonies—this led to the Aztec ruling an abundance of people.
1. Why do many Egyptologists believe that the Palette of King Narmer (Figures 3-2 and 3-3) documented the unification of Upper and Lower Egypt? (Analyze the imagery found on the palette as evidence).
The Powhatan lived in the Virginia territory. The area that they lived in was called Tsenacommacah. Each of the tribes in the Powhatan nation had their own Weroance also know as chief; but had also paid their tribute to Powhatan. They interacted and intermingled with the Jamestown colonists, thus some of the Powhatan descendants still live in Virginia today. Other Powhatans were driven north and started a new life in Pennsylvania and New Jersey. When they lived in Virginia Territory, their houses were made from saplings and their bark, this would keep the houses relatively warm in the winter and cold in the summer. Thier land had influenced the culture of the people.
The Mandinka are West African people that live by both the Islamic teaching and traditional practices. The Mandinka are a patrilineal group, and the oldest male is the head of the lineage. The Mandinka rely heavily on agriculture and trade with local villages and with Arabs. The majority of the Mandinka people practice a mix of Islam and traditional belief. Sundiata translated by D.T Niane is an epic about a legendary emperor who grew up from a crippled kid to powerful ruler who defeats evil and brings Mali into its golden age. In Mandinka culture, religion is used to make important decisions, including politics.
As for the significance of the Tonghak religion which was founded by Ch’oe Cheu, is a teaching that is an amalgamation of numerous belief systems. It is combination of Neo-confucianism and indigenous Korean spirituality with traits of Taoism. While his conception of God may have been inspired by christianity it differs in an enormous way, while still maintaining that God had created humans, he quotes this divine power saying, “MY mind is your mind.” This differs a lot with the Christianity as this God says that it could lead society into harmony, the individual into personal salvation through the requirement of constant self cultivation of mind and material force. In an essay written by Ch’oe Cheu, he states that there are similarities yet
“Nass dyal Mellah koulhoum mlah.” If roughly translated, this old Moroccan proverb tells us that all the inhabitants of the Mellahs are good people. When I heard elderly family members using this saying I was fascinated. Who knew Arabs and Jews used to get along and live in peace? This same interrogation led me to conduct a thorough research to deepen my knowledge about Moroccan Jewry and their impact on our culture.
The islands show that most of volcano in origin with a significant number of the smaller islands that build up of coral deposits. Fiji is consisting of some of the largest mountains in the island countries in the south pacific with the highest mount Tomonivi in the center of viti levu at 1324 meters. The largest island of Fiji are Viti levu, vanua levu, Tareuvi and kadavi that has a number of mountains with fertile files and rolling hills. Land mass in Fiji is consist of small volcanic and coral islands. It features the mountains land is about 12,400 sq km, hills 2,700 sq km and flat land is 2,800 sq km. Fiji is consist of 320 islands with 1/3 being permantly inhabited. over 500 small island is called islets, basically rock, sandbar, or p/ Some of it are permantly above the sea level while others are visible at low
The Joy Luck Club is what will be our example for the topic Cultural Encounter, which is caused by the differences of cultures. Therefore, communication development is based on sharing thoughts, which leads to an argument that ends either with agreements or disagreements. There are many aspects in an individual that affects the course of this action, and culture is one of them; which I will focus on in this article. I think that it is the most important, in my point of view.
The Mughals who ruled India from 1526-1858, emerged as great patrons of architecture. Mughal architectural is a great historical source as it reflects on imperial ideology of the time. The Mughals drew upon various architectural traditions- indigenous Indian traditions, Indo Islamic architecture form the Sultanate period, Persian traditions, European traditions and introduced their own Timurid traditions of Central Asia. Right from Babur to Aurangzeb, architecture was used to assert power and seek legitimacy by the Mughals.