Article 1 – Body Ritual Among the Nacirema

Article 1 – Body Ritual Among the Nacirema...

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ANTH101 Readings Notes Article 1 – Body Ritual Among the Nacirema o Body Ritual Among the Nacirema by Horace Miner satirizes anthropological papers on "other" cultures o Specifically the Northern American Culture o Nacirema, a little-known tribe living in North America o A group living in the territory between the Canadian Cree, the Yaqui and Tarahumare of Mexico, and the Carib and Arawak of the Antilles o The paper describes the typical Western ideal for oral cleanliness, as well as providing an outside view on hospital-care and on psychiatry
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Unformatted text preview: o Some of the popular aspects of Nacirema culture include: o Medicine men and women (doctors, psychiatrists, and pharmacists) o A charm-box (medicine cabinet) o The mouth-rite ritual (brushing teeth) o A cultural hero known as Notgnihsaw (Washington spelled backwards). o Forces us to confront out own ethnocentrism o We tend to view other, non-Western societies as ritualistic, while our culture is based on rationalism o Ethnocentrism prevents you from seeing their own culture other than normal ** - Possibly on Exam...
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This note was uploaded on 01/30/2010 for the course ANTH 101 taught by Professor Stiles during the Fall '09 term at Nevada.

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