Give relationships time to blossom and grow. They were unaware they were imposing burdens on themselves because from their perspective those rituals and ceremonies are part of daily life. 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. But I suppose it's easy to understand why, in the Nacirema's world, lohocla is abused all too often. As part of this ceremony, women bake their heads in small ovens for about an hour. But that often has a lot to do with how the anthropology paper itself is written! For if we forgot to do one of these things, we would feel uncomfortable all day long. If you take a look at the Nacirema's name spelled backwards, its American.
Taking a look at the following link, I will ask: What do anthropologists try to explain?. Nacirema is American spelled backwards. For one assignment during this project, we had to read an article and answer some given questions to it. The Nacirema people were characterised as being obsessed with rituals about the vanity of the human body. After re-reading I am convinced that Miner was indeed writing a satire. Miner's original research was conducted, the Nacirema have almost universally abandoned the natural bristles of their private mouth-rite in favor of oil-based polymerized synthetics.
New York, The Macmillan Co. Rameika and Jennifer's Discussion Questions 1. While the natives are very vague on this point, we can only assume that the idea in retaining all the old magical materials is that their presence in the charm-box, before which the body rituals are conducted, will in some way protect the worshiper. Little is known of their origin, although tradition states that they came from the east. General dissatisfaction with breast shape is symbolized in the fact that the ideal form is virtually outside the range of human variation. Closely imitating the United States of America. My first indication of this was the name Nacirema.
Their technology is a lot different from ours. A single value or pattern of perceiving the world often leaves its stamp on several institutions in the society. Efforts are made to avoid pregnancy by the use of magical materials or by limiting intercourse to certain phases of the moon. Just for grins, here is my rendition of the first body paragraph. But if you think about it, how many times have you put yourself down? Indeed, the Nacirema dating and mating rituals I've described appear to be strange, ludicrous even, until we recognize them as our own. There is a description of a shrine with medicines and magical materials placed inside.
The most powerful of these are the medicine men, whose assistance must be rewarded with substantial gifts. As part of this ceremony, women bake their heads in small ovens for about an hour. Were it not for the rituals of the mouth, they believe that their teeth would fall out, their gums bleed, their jaws shrink, their friends desert them, and their lovers reject them. Topic 2 I chose protest on. ¶ 19 Our review of the ritual life of the Nacirema has certainly shown them to be a magic-ridden people. The author uses satire to examine the rituals that are every day in American culture. By the end of grade 10, read and comprehend literary nonfiction at the high end of the grades 9-10 text complexity band independently and proficiently.
Don't mold yourself to be who you think others want you to be. Finally, how shocked were you by the way Nacirema women treat themselves? 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. ¶ 7 Beneath the charm-box is a small font. By the end of grade 9, read and comprehend literary nonfiction in the grades 9-10 text complexity band proficiently, with scaffolding as needed at the high end of the range. © Reprinted by permission of the from American Anthropologist 58:3, June 1956. ¶ 17 In conclusion, mention must be made of certain practices which have their base in native esthetics but which depend upon the pervasive aversion to the natural body and its functions.
As researchers have surmised, it is no wonder why many Nacirema women have trouble finding mates. Body Ritual among the Nacirema. What was the purpose of making fictional descriptions and fictional occupations if she was talking about Americans throughout the entire time? Here are our answers to the article questions. After I read the paper and savor again,. How do they do it? How much value is placed on it? ¶ 4 While each family has at least one such shrine, the rituals associated with it are not family ceremonies but are private and secret. Mothers are particularly suspected of putting a curse on children while teaching them the secret body rituals.
A few women afflicted with almost inhuman hypermammary development are so idolized that they make a handsome living by simply going from village to village and permitting the natives to stare at them for a fee. Again, another T chart in discussion: How he describes the Nacirema: Ritualistic Superstitious Ruled by magic etc. Apparently, the Nacirema women engage in all sorts of peculiar and extreme behavior when it comes to the mating game. As Miner writes, the American reader who may not be initially insightful could look at the cultural behaviors as odd and ridiculous; however, when the ritualistic behaviors are part of an unknown group of people, the reader can begin to see the cultural. After reminding students that we are still in a unit focusing on point of view and perspective, that seeing things from a particular vantage point or perspective dramatically alters the story itself, I plan to ask the students what anthropologists do or if they have read National Geographic or viewed any documentary shows like the history channel. From the Latin abluere, to wash away.
Another common dating ritual for Nacirema women is to take on the personas of distinguished tribeswomen of yore, stories of whom have been passed down through the generations from the elders, by pretending to quite literally be reincarnations of these women. The extremely sacred and traditional character of the rite is evident in the fact that the natives return to the holy-mouth-men year after year, despite the fact that their teeth continue to decay. They 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. In his essay, Miner uses a tone that is formal and unbiased, which happens to be humorous at the same time. ¶ 14 The supplicant entering the temple is first stripped of all his or her clothes. Also, check my reflections on this essay, as it was a surprising event in class! Anthropology Paper - Module 1 In 1956 a 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.
In fact, if all of the logically possible combinations of behavior have not been found somewhere in the world, he is apt to suspect that they must be present in some yet undescribed tribe. It's a universal feeling that everyone wants to encounter, that their is a higher power somewhere. If this can be established, a very interesting pattern emerges, for most of the population shows definite masochistic tendencies. In reality, he was writing about 1950s America and many of our obsessive bodily rituals and customs, ones that can certainly be deemed peculiar and backwards simply by describing them using different language. While such a concern is certainly not unusual, its ceremonial aspects and associated philosophy are unique.