Body Rituals Among the Nacirema

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Body Ritual among the Nacirema Kaitlyn McGee Ivy Tech Community College Introduction to Sociology CEL Ms. Cecil Clifton February 2, 2015 Abstract In Horace Miner’s Body Ritual among the Nacirema, he writes about a group of people known as the Nacirema but is referring to the Americans. The Nacirema people have a culture obsessed with rituals of the human body. There is a description of a shrine where this obsession takes place daily. These repeated rituals taken place show the obsession Americans have with their appearances. They fear the naturalness of the human body and take precautions of cleaning and examining themselves in front of this show called shrine. The Nacirema people also have visits with the medicine men, the mouth men, and the listener which in modern days would refer them as doctors, dentists, and psychiatrists. Miner uses this unusual culture of the Nacirema to establish his point of view that we should simply not judge other cultures because they are different from ours. Body Ritual among the Nacirema In the present, most members of society do not put enough emphasis on the importance of understanding other customs and cultural beliefs. Due to the many different types of cultures, each culture seems to judge other cultures. Therefore, most think their culture is the best and are not open minded to consider other cultures being acceptable. This leads to people becoming ethnocentric. It is important not to judge others without any prior knowledge of their history or heritage. If society would take the time to learn about the things that are unfamiliar, the understanding of others would be more prevalent. When society is slow to understand, the mistake is made of evaluating these customs and behaviors as wrong rather than as different. This essay uses sociological imagination to discuss the present American

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