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Lieu 1 Virginia Lieu Anthropology 3AC GSI: Yoshiko Konishi November 19, 2008 Reading Response: Body Ritual among the Nacirema Horace Miner’s Body Ritual among the Nacirema seems to illustrate a civilization that has a bizarre obsession with the body and its appearance. Through daily rituals, this society casts its focus on the body and all of its flaws. However, Miner is really poking fun at observing American society from a foreign anthropologist’s perspective. The Nacirema are a very religious group, devoting most of their time and products of their rich market economy to ritual activities. The wealth of a family is determined by the number and condition of their shrines; opulent houses have many shrines while the poorer have makeshift ones. The rites associated with the shrines are only revealed to children at the time of their initiation and to a few others. These so called shrines are actually the bathrooms within a house. These rites are the daily ablutions that everyone must do every morning in preparation for the day. Miner is placing much importance on this as
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