ANTH 2351 Week 1 Reading Summary Jose Balanza Martinez

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Jose Balanza Martinez ANTH 2351-03 Week 1 Jan 18, 2016 Body Rituals among the Nacirema By Horace Miner In this paper, Horace Miner satirizes the American culture and customs for their egotistical nature. In this short essay, Miner (while giving a comic example of cultural relativism) describes American medical treatment and daily acts of personal sanitation as completely thaumaturgic. His crude and distorted wording of the common sanitation I usually undergo on a daily basis, made me think of it as something completely farfetched and unearthly; while in reality is as trivial as washing my teeth. His barbaric description of the modern medical procedures makes them seem as something that not even the most primitive culture would perform. The painful medical operations that Nacirema are eager to partake in and the price the patients are willing to pay for this gruesome treatment disgusted me and made me, obliviously, something I swore I
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