The Body Ritual Among The Nacirema Analysis

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“Body Ritual Among the Nacirema” Article Review In review of the article, “The Body Ritual Among the Nacirema” by Horace Miner, the article was very informative and gave a realistic approach to how the Nacirema people go about their daily life and their culture. These people have not been understood well by the rest of the Western Civilization and most would call their culture “strange”, due to their rituals and the lack of knowledge that most people have towards their culture. The Nacirema people are a North American group, living in the territories between the Canadian Creel and Yaqui and Tarahumare of Mexico, and the Carib and Arawak of the Antilles. Horace Miner brought up very interesting points about the Nacirema people, although…show more content…
Rituals are a significant part of people’s cultures, culture is very broad and different cultures can be hard to comprehend if you do not make your mind susceptible to other beliefs. I believed that the author Horace Miner achieved his goal of researching the Nacirema people. I do believe that his ideas of these people were very dark and narrow-minded. He described them in an almost animalistic fashion. Part of me thinks that these people were normal and when in real life they were doing normal things such as going to the doctor and getting their teeth cleaned. Possibly since they were using foreign tools and different methods, Horace Miner was perplexed. I feel like the author went into his research looking for something out of the ordinary, despite the Nacirema’s culture being a little strange. I find it amazing that these people have stuck to their beliefs. “Magic” is a key factor to the lives of the Nacirema people. In the statement “but without its power and guidance early man could not have mastered his practical difficulties as he has done, nor could man have advanced to the higher states of civilization”(Miner), I agree with Miner, saying that these people have helped benefit our society and helped us grow and to become a “higher” civilization. This culture has a lot of similarities to the rest of the world, which I feel Miner fails to mention. For example, we all visit the dentist and our physicians which is just like the, “holy-mouth-man”, and the “listener.” You can learn a lot from research like Miner’s about every day culture, I feel like all cultures will continue to learn and adapt to better themselves to better society as a

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