Interactionists focus on the individual, who, by interrelating with other people, preserves, assimilates, and builds culture Dillon, 2009. Miner has shown collaboration in an article full of culture, inequality, standards, beliefs and morals. Body Ritual among the Nacirema Introduction Nacirema is a tribe in northern America, which anthropologists have limited knowledge about its origin. Analyzing these practices of Nacirema culture further, this paper shall explain: what practices appear strange to an outsider, how does the article illustrate ethnocentrism and cultural relativity, what problems may occur in accurately observing other cultures and lastly how might others interrup. As years passed by, Horace was able to successfully develop his writing prowess. This writing is understood only by the medicine men and by the herbalists who, for another gift, provide the required charm.
Few supplicants in the temple are well enough to do anything but lie on their hard beds. The point has, in fact, been expressed with respect to clan organization by Murdock. I used it to see which road to take. The mysterious fall of the Nacirema. 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. He describes how important culture is to them and portrays that Americans think their culture is so important yet their beliefs are not where they should be. Likewise, the most current American culture has grown to depend on our medical professionals for an array of ailments as well; whether the problem is medical, dental, or psychiatric.
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. Families also make sure they get a hold of a rather sizable green tree, but they go outside of their property to find such a tree. Professor Linton first brought the ritual of the Nacirema to the attention of anthropologists twenty years ago, but the culture of this people is still very poorly understood. While much of the people's time is devoted to economic pursuits, a large part of the fruits of these labors and a considerable portion of the day are spent in ritual activity. Through this entire scenario, my perspective is that Miner was not prepared for change, growth nor evolution. Unfortunately, the Nacirema people believe that this statement is true based on their culture and their belief system.
Culture is defined as the arts and other manifestations of human intellectual achievement regarded collectively. The point has, in fact, been expressed with respect to clan organization by Murdock. The people of Nacirema believe that if they do not perform a certain ritual, their teeth will fall out, the gums will begin to bleed, the jaws will begin to gape, and, as a result, all friends and lovers will disappear. The religious beliefs of the Nacirema culture consist of many different rituals and ceremonies. The evidence, found with the body, including weaponry and equipment allow opportunity to investigate the technology of past civilisations. They also believe that a strong relationship exists between oral and moral characteristics. Nacirema people have an almost pathological horror and awe of their mouth, the state of which, in their opinion, has a supernatural effect in all social relations.
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. If you take a look at the Nacirema's name spelled backwards, its American. Premarital sex is a huge problem in our society today. The focus of this activity is the human body, the appearance and health of which loom as a dominant concern in the ethos of the people. They also believe that a strong relationship exists between oral and moral characteristics. General dissatisfaction with breast shape is symbolized in the fact that the ideal form is virtually outside the range of human variation. Mothers are particularly suspected of putting a curse on children while teaching them the secret body rituals.
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. The dictionary defines an Anthropologist as a person that studies human beings and their ancestors through time and space and in relation to physical character, environmental and social relations, and culture Webster 2011. However, healers do not give medical potions to their patients, but only determine their composition and record it in some secret and ancient language. Natural History, 81 11 , pp. 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 Nacirema present such unusual aspects that it seems desirable to describe them as an example of the extremes to which human behavior can go. What one culture does and believes to be normal, others may see as unusual. Since human cultures are very different from one another, it is not surprising that representatives of one culture often find extremely unsympathetic representations and behaviors adopted in another culture. There can be no question as to the validity of these nine vocalic phonemes, for each is attested by a number of minimal pairs elicited independently from several. There are proofs that America is not able to resolves its biggest problems or issues, which put its ethnocentric assumptions into question. In addition, for some reason, the tree must be a rather large tree with lots of foliage. It identifies the lifestyle and pursuits that are practiced in the group of people we interact with in our society.
They have to lift it up and tie it to the top of their vehicle, and then drive very slowly so the tree will not fall off the car. Horace Miner clearly took a lot of time to learn as much about the Nacirema culture as he possibly could. This sort of ceremonial treatment is necessitated by the fact that the excreta are used by a diviner to ascertain the course and nature of the client's sickness. The paper, written by trained anthropologist was originally published in 1956. This writing is understood only by the medicine men and by the herbalists who, for another gift, provide the required charm.
The supplicant entering the temple is first stripped of all his or her clothes. The most peculiar act, however, has yet to be done. The entire account of these mysterious people describes unusual and strange behaviors and activities. He is describing American cultural practices pertaining to cosmetics and hygiene, correlating to an ancient tribal society. He wanted to convey that, while we think of ourselves as a highly developed civilization, our rituals may seem rather primitive to someone reading an anthropological report about us. 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.