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In Horace Miners essay Body Ritual Among the Nacirema he uses an interesting way of describing some rituals that Americans do He portrays Americans as a tribe that go through their daily life by performing painful and torturous rituals to their bodies It is not obvious at the beginning that the tribe Miner is talking about is about the American people If one is to look closely and try to relate what he reads with the American culture they are almost identical To begin with if the name Nacirema is read backwards it spells American Also the territory that Miner says the Nacirema live in is situated between the Canadian Cree the Yaqui and Tarahumare of Mexico and the Carid and Arawak of the Antilles which is the United States Another word play that Miner uses is that of the mythological hero that was believed the nation of the Nacirema was originated and his name was Notgnihsaw which if read backwards it spells Washington Also the economy of the nation is free market which has been the United States economic state for more than two hundred years The body rituals of the Nacirema that Miner talks about are a twisted version of the daily rituals Americans perform The shrines that the Nacirema built for their ceremonies where they also keep the many charms and magical potions are the chests or medicine cabinets that Americans use to keep their colognes toothbrush and toothpaste etc In the Nacirema tribe there are magical practitioners such as medicine men who are doctors and specialists called holy-mouth-men who are dentists The people seek out the holy-mouth-man once or twice a year which is what Americans do in order to get a check up or a cleaning of their teeth The Nacirema use a small bundle of hog hairs into the mouth along with certain powders and move the bundle in a highly formalized series of gestures
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