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anth102_notes_030410 - Week7:Religion,Magic,andWorldview...

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Week 7: Religion, Magic, and Worldview 04/03/2010 12:17:00 Mid-term Cumulative Week 1-7 10-20 multiple choice 10 short answer, choose 5 of them to answer Anthropology 102, Spring 2010 Week 7: Religion, Magic and Worldview (Thursday, March 4, 2010) Body Ritual Among the Nacirema  (Horace Miner, 1958) Body Ritual Repeated symbolic acts that deal with one’s body: how to care for it how to make it socially acceptable how to make it impressive to others. The body rituals are concerned with the appearance and health of the body Nacirema’s fundamental belief about human body: the human body is ugly and that its  natural tendency is to debility and disease. ********************************************************
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The body rituals are not enacted in collective, communal or family ceremonies; they are  private and secret. Special  shrines  in which body ritual takes place The shrine : a box or chest which is built into the wall and in which are kept the many  charms and magical potions without which no native believes s/he could live. The font : (likened to baptismal font/bowl)  located beneath each charm box in the shrine  room where different sorts of holy water, secured from the Water Temple of the community, are  mixed for a brief rite of ablution.   ************************************************************ Specialized practitioners      provide the charms and magical potions and aid the  Nacirema in enacting their body ritual  The medicine men : Are given substantial gifts to provide the potions.  They decide what  the ingredients of their curative potions should be and then write them down in an ancient and  secret language. The herbalists
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