of the moon. It was reported to me that the ritual consists of inserting a small bundle of hog hairs into the mouth, along with certain magical powders, andthen moving the bundle in a highly formalized series of gestures. 17 In conclusion, mention must be made of certain practices which have their base in native esthetics but which depend upon the pervasive aversion to the natural body and its functions. Most cultures exhibit a particular configuration or style. These practitioners have an impressive set of paraphernalia, consisting of a variety of augers, awls, probes, and prods. 15 Few supplicants in the temple are well enough to do anything but lie on their hard beds. Natural reproductive functions are similarly distorted. Back 10 Bronislaw Malinowski (1884-1942 famous cultural anthropologist best known for his argument that people everywhere share common biological and psychological needs and that the function of all cultural institutions is to fulfill such needs; the nature of the institution is determined by its function. In this light, the magical beliefs and practices of the Nacirema body present such unusual aspects that it seems desirable to describe them as an example of the extremes to which human behavior can. Still other rites are used to make women's breasts larger if they are small, and smaller if they are large. Additionally, the powders associated with this ritual have generally been semi-liquefied. The memory displayed by the Nacirema in these exorcism sessions is truly remarkable. However, the medicine men do not provide the curative potions for their clients, but decide what the ingredients should be and then write them down in an ancient and secret language. Even after one has gained and survived the ceremonies, the guardians will not permit the neophyte to leave until he makes still another gift. 1151 words, not including notes 503 begins - T he anthropologist has become so familiar with the diversity of ways in which different people behave in similar situations that he is not apt to be surprised by even the most exotic customs. Bathing and excretory acts are performed only in the secrecy of the household shrine, where they are ritualized as part of the body-rites. A single value or pattern of perceiving the world often leaves its stamp on several institutions in the society. Acknowledging and respecting the contributions of all. The theoretically interesting point is that what seems to be a preponderantly masochistic people have developed sadistic specialists. The rites are normally only discussed with children, and then only during the period when they are being initiated into these mysteries. Over 10,000 students come to La Crosse each year to create a vibrant diverse campus community. 19 Our review of the ritual life of the Nacirema has certainly shown them to be a magic-ridden people. Here Horace Miner demonstrates that "attitudes about the body" have a pervasive influence on many institutions in Nacirema society. But even such exotic customs as these take on real meaning when they are viewed with the insight provided by Malinowski 10 when he wrote (1948: 70 20 Looking from far and above, from our high places of safety in the developed civilization,. It was to these that Professor Linton referred in discussing a distinctive part of the daily body ritual which is performed only by men. The holy-mouth-man opens the client's mouth and, using the above mentioned tools, enlarges any holes which decay may have created in the teeth. Miner's original research was conducted, the Nacirema have almost universally abandoned the natural bristles of their private mouth-rite in favor of oil-based polymerized synthetics.
Professor Linton 3 first brought the ritual of the Nacirema to the attention of anthropologists twenty years ago 1936. Suddenly finds himself naked and assisted by a vestal maiden while he performs his natural functions into a sacred vessel 5, the countermagic of the witchdoctor is unusual in its lack of ritual. Listene" whose own wife has never seen him in an excre body writing 506 begins tory act. View more engaged news stories, learning Communities, in this chest are kept the many charms and magical potions without which no native believes he could live. And the real or imagined maladies of the people are many. WritingIntensive Courses, feel free to link to this page 1, the charmbox is usually full to overflowing. Beginning with the earliest difficulties he can remember.
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It is hard to understand how they have managed to exist so long under the burdens which they have imposed upon themselves.In fact, if all of the logically possible combinations of behavior have not been found somewhere in the world, he is apt to suspect that they must be present in some yet undescribed tribe.This part of the rite includes scraping and lacerating the surface of the face with a sharp instrument.