Summary Of Body Ritual Among The Nacirema By Horace Miner

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Jennine Selina G. Boado 11418877 INTHROP Reading #2
Body Ritual among the Nacirema
Horace Miner’s “Body Ritual among the Nacirema” discusses the magical beliefs and practices of the North American group called “Nacirema”. By re-reading the article I have found out that Miner created this article to by using symbolization to look at the “vanity” of the lifestyle of the Americans and to provide an outside point of view of the “Nacirema” or “American’s” culture. From the article, Miner characterizes the Naciremas as highly focused on their appearance and health which signifies American’s obsession with their personal apperance. Their fundamental belief, according to Miner is that the “human body is ugly and the only way to avert these characteristics is through the use of rituals and ceremonies”. …show more content…

These “boxes or chest” contains “many charms or magical potions” which mean medicine, prescribed by the “medicine men” or the doctors in an “ancient and secret language” or the fuzzy penmanship of the doctors which is understood only by the medicine men. The temple of these “medicine men” is called the “lapisto” or hostpital where wealthy sick natives come for treatment. Under these boxes is a “small font” or the faucet and the sink which every member of the family “bows his head before it and splashes holy water” which is purified by the “priests”. Rituals such as “mouth rites” where Naciremans “insert a small bundle of hog hairs in their mouths” also symbolize the brushing of teeth every American does. Once or twice a year, because of the Nacirema’s great care for mouth care, they seek a “holy-mouth-man” or a dentist to “exercise the evils of the mouth” or remove tooth

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