Body Ritual Among the Nacirema
Diversity on the Web – Nacirema Extended
You are a member of a team of anthropologists studying a large and rather diverse group of people. These people have a primitive information and communication system called “Internet” that will provide you with a first glimpse of their culture. To begin examining this culture, the team decides to scan “Internet” for information on their rituals.
1. Read the “Body Ritual Among the Nacirema” article
2. Using the Web sites listed at the bottom of this box as a starting point, investigate (scan) Internet for descriptions of one ritual. Be complete in your investigation, searching for symbolism and note how the ritual relates to a holiday or event. What does the ritual celebrate? Are there special roles in the event? Who participates?
3. Using a style similar to Miner’s, record your perceptions of one of the events from the list that follows.
4. Based solely on the information in your report, what kinds of stereotypes of American culture could result from these observations
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