Horace Miner illustrates what point in his famous article, "Body Ritual Among the Nacirema" (1956)?
Posted Aug 22 2019
Answered on Aug 23 2019
In his article, “Body Ritual among the Nacirema,” Horace Miner illustrates how easy it is to fail to see one’s culture just because they are taking it for granted. The article tells of a story of a non-existing ‘Nacirema’ tribe and how they maintain a shrine, a box of charms where all magical potions are kept, and a mouth rite. It also talked about the medicine man, the holy-mouth-man and how he performs sadism, the latipso, and the ‘listener.’ The article is a discussion of several aspects of the American (Nacirema) culture and how they maintain a bathroom (shrine) with a medicine box (a box full of charms) full of medicines (potions). The medicine man is a doctor, the holy-mouth-man is the dentist, the latipso is the hospital, and the ‘listener’ is a psychologist.