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Mary MassengillReading Assignment 1In “Body Ritual of Nacirema”, Horace Miner demonstrates the most basic principle of sociology introduced by Dalton Conley, “making the familiar strange” (2017,p.4). From the beginning of the article, it appears as though the author is describing a quite different culture than that of the familiar American culture. The terms and names are not familiar in the initial paragraph. However, as the piece proceeds the American culture is ubiquitously scattered in between descriptions of rituals and traditions. Horace Miner efficiently and effectively helps the reader to understand how a sociologist thinks.The first hint that the culture is actually American comes in the description of the origin of the tribe. Miner describes the mythological hero Notgnihsaw, “who is known otherwise known for two great feats of strength--- the throwing of a piece of wampum across the river Pa-To-Mac and the chopping down of a cherry tree in which the Spirit of Truth resided”. (1956, p.503) The Potomac is phonetically spelled but is easily understood, as well as the truth telling of Washington and the cherry tree. The history lesson that is very familiar to any child in elementary school has been subverted in a way that is strange to the initial reading.

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