Body Ritual Among the Nacirema Essay

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Would you want to live among the Naciremas? Why or why not?

After reading Horace Miner’s Body Ritual Among the Nacirema I cannot say that I would want to be part of the tribe. A huge reason would be that I could never go from my own Christian faith to the religious practices of the Nacirema. My second reason for not wanting to be part of the tribe is that I could never be subjected to the horrific medical practices and “magical potions” used on every citizen in the tribe.
One of the fundamental beliefs of the Nacirema is that “the human body is ugly and that its natural tendency is to debility and disease.” According to the Christian tradition, the human body is fallen and is therefore prone to disease and weakness; so in that
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Women were also worse off in this society. There is definitely no room for any sort of equality between the sexes. Women were accused of “bewitching” their children and subjected to more scrutiny and prodding from the medicine men if they were taken to the temple. Women could not show signs of being pregnant, which I assume would be very difficult, and when the women give birth they are not allowed to have friends or family help with the delivery. A women’s breast size is also scrutinized if she is too small or too big. If she has the perfect sized breasts she can make a living by going around to different villages and getting paid to show them. In many ways society is still like this. There is a lot of attention given to a women, not solely because of her breast size, but also with weight, hair, and clothing. Women have always been scrutinized by each other, by men, and by society. The fact that women are so dissected and disrespected in the Nacirema culture (and even in today’s culture) makes me sad.
One thing that I found extremely interesting about the Nacirema is the devotion to their culture, despite all the pain and suffering they endure. They torture themselves because they have never known anything else. Their beliefs run so deep that they are willing to even “bake their heads in small ovens” in order to stay on a right path. Many Christians today do not have anywhere near that kind of devotion to their
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