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What is the article Body Ritual among the Nacirema about?

"Body Ritual Among the Nacirema" by Horace Miner (1956) is an ethnological account of the Nacirema, a tribe located in North America. The Nacirema believe the body to be ugly and detestable and seek to avoid its uncleanliness through ritual and ceremony.

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Also to know is, what is the nacirema article about?

The Nacirema article was an anthropological article describing US American, predominantly Caucasian, culture of the 1950's. Although, supposedly, the Nacirema were, supposedly, an aboriginal society living in North America, the article makes clear that it's really the society of US national culture.

Also Know, how would you describe the nacirema culture? Nacirema culture is characterized by a highly developed market economy which has evolved in a rich natural habitat. While much of the people's time is devoted to economic pursuits, a large part of the fruits of these labors and a considerable portion of the day are spent in ritual activity.

Keeping this in consideration, what is the purpose of the article Body Ritual among the Nacirema?

"Body Ritual Among the Nacirema" is important because it demonstrates the problem of representation in ethnography. The purpose of article is to raise the question of how can we study a different culture from the outside and how can we understand our own culture from within.

How do the nacirema feel about the human body?

According to the article, the Nacirema believe that "the human body is ugly and its natural tendency is to debility and disease." This means that the Nacirema feel that the human body is far from the perfect ideal form and it is very prone to weakness.

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