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August 30, 2007 Anthr 200 Section 5 Drinking In Culture 1 One aspect of drinking in our American culture is the concept of making a toast, specifically at a wedding. Toasting has been prevalent in many cultures for various events. While not unique to the United States, this way of drinking is undoubtedly unknown in many areas of the world. At most American weddings, filled champagne glasses are placed at each setting before every guest. It is common etiquette not to drink any champagne until a toast is made, usually by a member of the bride’s or the groom’s family, or by a member of the wedding party. After the toast, following the lead of the person making the toast, all the guests raise their glasses in unison, and touch their glasses to other guests seated near them. Then, everyone sips the champagne. It is considered improper to avoid touching glasses with anyone within reach, and it is also
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Unformatted text preview: inappropriate to drink the entire glass at once. The act of toasting is a unique way of incorporating the act of drinking into a social interaction. Toasting is certainly not a technique that is an innate ability or natural habit. It is a custom instilled by older generations. In his work “Techniques of the Body,” Marcel Mauss separates “education” from “technique.” 1 Toasting is learned through education. It is taught by observation, but no formal instructions are given. One learns how to properly give a toast simply from the experience of watching others perform the same action in similar situations. 1 Mauss, Marcel. “Techniques of the Body.” Jonathan Crary and Sanford Kwinter, eds. Incorporations . New York, NY: Zone, 1992, 454-476....
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