Anthropology 101: meet the 'nacirema' posted on august 4, 2014 by myeashea alexander in anthropology , art and politics , social justice , the body // 0 comments if you have ever taken a basic anthropology course, you probably have read horace miner's, body ritual among the nacirema. In 1956, horace miner published a paper in the american anthropologist titled body ritual among the nacirema, in which he described some of the bizarre rituals and practices of a little-known. Body ritual among the nacirema jacqueline toledo moreno brookline college body ritual among the nacirema the nacirema is a north american group based in the united states, little is known of their origin, according to nacirema mythology, their nation was originated by a culture hero, notgnihsaw. Body ritual among the nacirema - duration: anthropology and the study of humanity body rituals of the nacirema - duration: 6:13. Body ritual among the nacirema horace miner uniaersity of michigan '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.
Body ritual among the nacirema by horace miner location shrines and sacred rooms the ceremonies here are secret and private the opulence of a house is often referred to in terms of the number of ritual centers it possesses. In the article body rituals among the nacirema the daily rituals of the nacirema tribe are examined by horace miner one of the most important of these is the mouth ritual which consists of using a small bundle of hog hairs and magical powders to cleanse the mouth. Body ritual among the nacirema(link for text summary) is a sarcastic account of the none-existing nacirema tribe which is actually american culture (nacirema in reverse is american) miner uses this satire to say a few things about the nature of ethnological work (and american culture.
Professor linton first brought the ritual of the nacirema to the attention of anthropologists twenty years ago (1936: 326), but the culture of this people is still very poorly understood 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. Body ritual among the nacirema horace miner generations of anthropologists have traveled the globe, reaching to the far corners of the five continents to dis. In 1956 horace miner wrote body ritual among the nacirema and shared it with the anthropology community it had such an impact that it is still used today as a teaching tool in cultural anthropology classes. Jordan reagan [pic 1] dawn neill anthropology 201 2/22/19 body ritual among the nacirema in many cultures around the world, body rituals are practiced as a way to enhance the beauty of an individual. Food for thought miner's body ritual among the nacirema the nacirema article from the aaa (american anthropological association) website and other links at the bottom of the paper www msuedu /~jdowell/minerhtml - 42k - cached.
It examines the body rituals and practices of us culture the way anthropologists used to other cultures in seemingly distant lands that seemed unusual, if not weird for example, miner writes the daily body ritual performed by everyone includes a mouth-rite. J'examine la genèse et la réception de « body ritual among the nacirema » à l'aide de documents originaux, à partir de l'examen détaillé d'une cinquantaine de reproductions anthologiques du texte. Body rituals among the nacirema essay 925 words | 4 pages body rituals among the nacirema, by horace miner, is an essay written about the nacirema, or american people, from an outsider's perspective. Nacirema were a north american tribe who had some very strange ways he writes a paper, body ritual among the nacirema, which describes extensive body-worship. Horace miner's body ritual among the nacirema has endured as a first-day favorite for introduction to anthropology courses, and is read far beyond anthropology for many students it is a first take at what is anthropology.
In body ritual among the nacirema, author horace miner (1956) recalls his studies about a north american group called the nacirema, living in the territory between the canadian cree, the yaqui and taraumare of mexico, and the carib and arawak of the antilles (miner, 1956. Body ritual among the nacirema by horace miner (1956) is an ethnological account of the nacirema, a tribe located in north america according to miner, the nacirema culture presents a highly developed market economy but with a main focus on ritual activity which focuses on the human body and its appearance of health. The word nacirema is american spelled backwards miner's piece on the nacirema group is a satirical article about american culture in his article, miner describes some frequent practices that the nacirema do in order to bring their bodies back from debility and disease. Battle ritual among the nacirema in anthropological and ethnological research, scientists face new cultural specialties every day yet there are some rites, so deeply inherited by the practicing community, that ritual behavior might astonish even the most experienced researchers.
Anthropology 102 (sections 01 and 03) fall 2000 introduction to human cultural diversity prof brusco review for midterm exam when: section o1 - monday october 16 section 03 tuesday october 17. Anthro classics online: body ritual among the nacirema june 8, 2006 kerim i can't say i particularly care for this one, but it is a classic, and it is online. The body ritual among the nacirema 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. Body rituals among the nacirema, by horace miner, is an essay written about the nacirema, or american people, from an outsider's perspectiveminer 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 beliefs and practices, which involve daily, involuntary body rituals that cause much pain and.