The Nacirema are a group of people who live in the territory north of the Tarahuamare people of Mexico. No one knows much about their origin, but traditional legends say they came from the east. Their customs have been studied for many years, yet their culture is still poorly understood.
The Nacirema don’t exist and they are in fact American culture (Nacirema in reverse).
It is obvious at this point that the Nacirema are not some exotic culture, but are in fact American, and that “Nacirema” is just “American” spelled backwards.
Nacirema spelled backwards is American. They are in North America between Canada and Mexico being the United States. They are really Americans.
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 considerable portion of their day is spent in ritual activity.
Who are the Nacirema? The Nacirema-the term-is a wordplay on “American”. The Nacirema are not “a group living in the territory between the Canadian Cree, the Yaqui and Tarahumare of Mexico, and the Carib and Arawak of the Antilles”. Rather, they are North Americans living in a much simpler time.
Nacirema ( “American” spelled backwards ) is a term used in anthropology and sociology in relation to aspects of the behavior and society of citizens of the United States of America.
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.
The Nacirema have an almost pathological horror of and fascination with the mouth, the condition of which is believed to have a supernatural influence on all social relationships They also believe that a strong relationship exists between oral and moral characteristics.
At first glace, Body Ritual Among the Nacirema tells about a strange lifestyle and its rituals. In the Nacireman culture, there are also people known as “holy-mouth men,” who the people must visit twice a year. A holy-mouth man’s job is to enlarge any holes that decay might have caused in the mouth.
Anthropology is the study of what makes us human. Anthropologists take a broad approach to understanding the many different aspects of the human experience, which we call holism. They consider the past, through archaeology, to see how human groups lived hundreds or thousands of years ago and what was important to them.
Body exposure – the Naciremas avoid exposure of their bodies, even to other members of their household. Intercourse – this is a very taboo subject in the Nacirema culture. It is a scheduled event, and, sometimes, magical materials are even used to prevent pregnancy.
What is “Nacirema” spelled backwards? Why do the customs of the Nacirema seem so bizarre when they are written about in anthropological style? It’s a satricial piece; overuse of words like “medicine man”, “gestures”, etc. You just studied 3 terms!
The daily mouth rite is performed by everyone and to the stranger is disgusting. The ritual consists of inserting a small bundle of hog hairs into the mouth along with certain magical creams and then moving the bundle around. The Nacirema seek out the Holy Mouth Man twice a year.