The main practice of the nacirema cultural rituals is based upon the premise that the human body is ugly and that its natural tendency is to debility and disease from here, miner begins to describe the acts of ritual and ceremony that all of the nacirema practice on their daily lives. Audio recording of the satirical journal article written by horace miner read by georgina anderson. The body itself has a lot of influence on a number of tenets of the society, including institutions such as the church/religion and the medical centers horace miner in his writing of the article, body ritual among the nacirema present a situation where the society in the world has abandoned their natural.
I have to read the 'body ritual nacirema' in my anthropology class, and wrote a brief summary about the article nacirema is american spelt backwards body rituals of the nacerima, was written by anthropologist horace miner to show how different cultures can appear strange if they are not. Unformatted text preview: body ritual among the nacirema by horace miner genre: satire satire: makes fun of people's weaknesses, mistakes, foolishness, and wrong behavior. The original use of the term was in body ritual among the nacirema, which satirizes anthropological papers on other cultures, and the northern american culture horace miner wrote the paper and originally published it in the june 1956 edition of american anthropologist. Body ritual of the nacirema by harold miner the anthropologist has become so familiar with the diversity of ways in which different peoples behave in similar situations that he is not apt to be surprised by even the most exotic customs.
Miner's body ritual among the nacirema elizabeth brower introduction to sociology matthew howell january 25, 2015 abstract: horace miner's point throughout the entire article of body ritual among the nacirema was to prove to us, americans, that we are not superior to anyone else or any. For example, the rituals they perform mainly focus on the human body, and this in actual sense suggests individualism miner also outlines the social divisions of the americans by their wealth the nacirema culture portrays its people devoting much of their time to economic pursuits. This is an illustrated version of the classic essay by horace miner about a strange, superstitious, primitive people in north america as research on the peoples.
In review of the article body ritual among the nacirema by horace miner, this was a very satirical piece on how native americans had a very ritualistic approach towards many religious ceremonies and how they interacted with each other at these ceremonies. Hrm582 the body ritual among the nacirema the body ritual among the nacirema as an individual coming to investigate american civilization through the observation of cultural activities, i find the ritual of medicine men and women (doctors, psychiatrists and pharmacists) very interesting. In this article miner is talking about the way the ritual, nacirema works exactly this north american group focuses on the human body more in-depth the main belief in the root of this ritual is that every human body is ugly and all bodies are weak and pick up diseases. Body rituals among the nacirema, by horace miner, is an essay written about the nacirema, or american people, from an outsider's perspective miner gives an insight on the nacireman people, which he describes in his essay as an unknown tribe, and the completing of the nacireman's magical.
The nacirema clan strongly believes in magic they have doctors, the medicine man the nacirema and our society are really no different at all we both just want to reach the ultimate goal, beauty and eternal youth. The title should read:body ritual among the americans miner speaks of the strange, bizarre, and perhaps unnatural acts done by the nacirema, and how these people seem ignorant of any ethical and moral intellect it shouldn't seem so strange and bizarre he is essentially describing our own culture. In his article, body ritual among the nacirema, miner writes about a cultural tribe that has strange rituals and values that would seem unethical to anybody else he describes how important culture is to them and portrays that americans think their culture is so important yet their beliefs are not where. Miner's ironic article, body ritual among the nacirema is an entertaining social commentary can be argued to be ethnocentric if i could pretend that nacirema was a culture outside of our country, i would never visit that country because of the harsh critics and judgments i would have to endure. 1 the nacirema's view on body and illlness, is looked upon in many different ways they believe that the body is ugly, and could be better with ceremonies and rituals the nacirema also believe that the body's natural tendency is to carry disease 2 the most important values of the nacirema are to give.
The article entitled body ritual among the nacirema by horace miner provides an intricate glimpse of the american culture through a bold and unusual lens miner goes on to explain that the nacirema have an odd obsession with body rituals and that there are many practices that go along with this. Anthro classics online: body ritual among the nacirema. Activities of the rituals performed on the body, will bring satisfaction and meaning to their life my opinion: at first, i was consumed by the strange depiction of the nacirema until about half way into the article i realized that the description of the holy mouth-men is exactly like a modern day dentist. Basically, horace miner wrote the essay about this group of people called nacirema and their obsession with the human body he went on to describe a couple of rituals and rites that has to do with the body, and blatantly showed his disgust with many of them and.
- the body ritual of the nacirema it is human nature to describe one's own culture as the most advanced and most intellectual unfortunately, it is also common practice to look down upon the practices of another culture because they are not similar to one's own traditions the ability to do this. From horace miner, body ritual among the nacirema reproduced by permission of the american anthropological association from the american anthropologist, vol 58 professor linton first brought the ritual of the nacirema to the attention of anthropologists twenty years ago, but the culture of this. Powerpoint slideshow about 'body ritual among the nacirema' - neena.