My Analysis of “Body Ritual Among The Nacirema”
Horace Miner writes about the bizarre tribal practices of the Nacirema in “Body Ritual Among The Nacirema.” While reading through his report it becomes ever more aware that he is inadvertently speaking abut the American people. Nacirema is American spelled backwards. Miner takes things we do in our every day lives that are accepted by society, and turns them around and calls the rituals. These rituals are talked about in such a way that makes the reader think the Nacirema people are crazy, almost making the foreigners seam animalistic. When in real life they were doing things such as going to the doctor and getting there teeth cleaned. This makes me think about other cultures verses ours. How do we as Americans have the right to judge others? Some indigenous groups may have practices that seem shocking, but the practices of our culture can appear unfamiliar to us as well when examined from a different perspective. Instead of looking at the practices themselves, it may be more helpful to examine the beliefs behind them when looking at different cultures. Therefore I have come to the conclusion that society has an emcee amount of influence on the way we look at customs. If you don’t have a perfect smile your more likely to not the job over someone with perfect teeth. Or if you have bad hygiene society thinks your poor unintelligent. People want to fit in so we follow these guidelines laid out by our ancestors to have a better future for our families and us.