American Practices as Ritualistic


After reading the “Nacirema” article, I agree with the thesis that American culture has many practices that are ritualistic. I consider them to be ritualistic firstly because many of the practices are passed down from generation to generation as true. There is never any questioning of our practices and the underlying philosophy behind the fascination of the human body. All areas of American culture are inundated with an individualist, hedonistic, and highly personal philosophy. Horace Miner, the author of the article, convinces me more of this by taking a cultural relativist approach to examining American culture.