Body Rituals of the Nacirema

Body Rituals of the - societies from the viewpoint of one’s own culture generally leading to a negative evaluation of their values norms and

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Body Rituals of the Nacirema o Nacirema Culture Poorly understood, ritual activity, focus on the physical body) Holy-Mouth Men: use magic and tools to rid mouth of bacteria Latipso: medical place where bodies are exposed and worked upon,  surgery, tools The Listener: reveal problems with body and psychological problems.  Magic to get rid of it Bodily Functions: going to the bathroom in shrines, sexual activity, child  birth, all with help of magical forces Related Concepts: Cultural Relativism: the evaluation of a culture utilizing the culture’s  own set of beliefs, values, and norms Ethnocentrism: the tendency to evaluate other individuals or 
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Unformatted text preview: societies from the viewpoint of one’s own culture, generally leading to a negative evaluation of their values, norms, and behaviors • We judge other people and cultures based upon the strange things that they do. Nacirema is American spelt backwards Dentist, hospitals, psychologists, everything we do to better our bodies About making the familiar weird and unknown Put us in perspective of ourselves, changing our own human nature Show how other people look into our culture and maybe think that we are weird....
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This note was uploaded on 09/29/2011 for the course SOC 1 taught by Professor Mindyromero during the Summer '06 term at UC Davis.

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