Body ritual among the nacirema in horace miner's article, “body ritual among the nacirema”, he talks about a tribe and describes their odd behavior he tells about how the tribe performs these strange daily rituals and how their peculiarity is extreme, but in fact he is actually speaking of americans as a whole (miner. Ap language and composition nacirema fieldwork essay assignment you have just read “body ritual among the nacirema” and have hopefully come to the realization that the article actually describes contemporary american culture what i would like you to do is to carefully reconsider your life-long, in-the-field. Body ritual among the nacirema by horace miner genre: satire satire: makes fun of people's weaknesses, mistakes, foolishness, and wrong behavior author's purpose miner's overall purpose is to make common american behaviors and beliefs seem magical and silly by describing them as if they were tribal. Horace miner's classic “body ritual among the nacirema” endures as a first-day favorite for introduction to anthropology courses on bizarre nacirema rituals for many students it is a first take at what is anthropology it is also still by far the most downloaded article from the american anthropological association–see what. It examines the body rituals and practices of us culture the way anthropologists used to “other” cultures in seemingly distant lands that seemed in some of my classes, as part of a paper exploring the concepts and influence of culture, i ask students to explore a ritual within their own culture but from an. In 1956, horace miner, an anthropologist, noticed that the tone of the academic essays he read seemed to stress that weirdness, when it came to other cultures scholarly works described he writes a paper, body ritual among the nacirema, which describes extensive body-worship: the fundamental.
Upon my first reading of body ritual among the nacirema, i was surprised and puzzled by the seemingly strange obsessions of this north american group the more i read, the more absurd the rituals of these people seemed to be it wasn't until the introduction of the holy-mouth-man that i began to. Handout body ritual among the nacirema, by horace miner, 1 copy per student preparation read the short story body ritual among the nacirema “why do some of the practices and rituals of other cultures seem odd or foreign to us how do our own cultural norms affect our understanding and perception of other. Research methods and ethics symbols, rituals and kinship gender, class and race health question about each article to open up a discussion on a concept or a 1956 body ritual among the nacirema american anthropologist 58: 503-7 • bohannan, laura 1966 “shakespeare in the bush” natural history 75: 28. Explain why or why not how does body ritual among the nacirema help us understand our own view of other cultures and how we are viewed by other cultures why do some of the practices and rituals of other cultures seem odd or foreign to us how do our own cultural norms affect our understanding and perception of.
The body ritual among the nacirema is an article written by horace miner for the journal american anthropologists in 1956 there, he writes about the culture of a north american group called the naciremans – how they are very obsessed with perfecting their physical appearance that they perform certain private rituals. Body ritual among the nacirema in the article the nacirema, the people are summarized as a culture obsessed with rituals regarding the human body horace miner used a unique technique to help us look at our own culture from the outside and realize that everything we think is normal are very strange to other. This essay is a bit of a brilliant look at how we view of cultures this looks at a calculator of the nacirema and their associated rituals pay attention to the way things are described and you will be able to figure out what is actually being talked about without giving too much away, it is very reminiscent of motel of mysteries.
Free essay: miner's article presents numerous anthropological concepts including culture, social behaviors, symbols, material culture and holism providing us with a synchronic view of an unexplored culture, miner tackles the principle mindset that governs the “nacirema's” social customs and “rituals”. Cultures, children and families this particular response was prompted by her reading and reflecting on the article: the body rituals among the nacirema by horace miner (1956) in this article, miner provides an etic, or outside, perspective of american culture occasionally, when using this reading as a course assignment,. In studying rituals, the authors explore the meaning, function and significance of ritual in hopes of understanding both human nature and the individual identity beginning with a the eleven essays in this volume reference chisungu, a study of girls' initiation ritual among the bemba (richards, 1956) the essays include.
When referring to a specific article, such as “the sports taboo” by malcolm gladwell, the title of the article bibliography, which indicates you read the book, the works cited records only the sources you actually cited make another mla works cited entry for horace miner's article “body ritual among the nacirema” this. 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” in particular, he writes about several rituals that the nacirema appear to practice.