Body Rituals Among the Nacirema Essay

925 WordsMay 13, 20124 Pages
“Body Rituals Among the Nacirema, “ by Horace Miner, is an essay written about the Nacirema, or American people, from an outsider’s perspective. Miner gives an insight on the Nacireman people, which he describes in his essay as an unknown tribe, and the completing of the Nacireman’s magical beliefs and practices, which involve daily, involuntary body rituals that cause much pain and discomfort. Miner shows how an outsider’s perspective can affect the way a culture is seen. In his essay, Miner uses a tone that is formal and unbiased, which happens to be humorous at the same time. Miner’s thesis is clear, he is simply showing the reader of these practices. It is understandable that Miner is speaking of a strange culture with rituals that…show more content…
Miner uses great word choice throughout his essay and although some words are unclear, such as those spelled backwards, most of Miner’s essay is clear and very understandable for any reader. Towards the end of his essay Miner describes intercourse and methods of protection to prevent pregnancy. Miner states, “Efforts are made to avoid pregnancy by the use of magical materials or by limiting intercourse to certain phases of the moon.” This example that Miner provides is excellent because it gives you insight on method, which almost sounds like a cultural myth, which the Nacireman culture practice for safe sex. Miner is very descriptive in his essay, as you see with the women and old-school hair driers and the medicine cabinets. With the other information Miner provides about the doctors, nurses, hospitals, and medicines, it is evident the Nacireman people get sick, go to the doctor or hospital, end up using the medication twice, and then it stays in the medicine cabinet for a very long time. He gives the reader more than enough information to paint a vivid and bold picture of what he is talking about. The way Miner presents his findings of these rituals and the instruments used in these everyday body rituals is very unique. Writing from an outsider perspective, he finds
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