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"Body Ritual Among the Nacirema"
daily body ritual performed by everyone includes a mouth-rite.
Despite the fact that these people are so punctilious about care
of the mouth, this rite involves a practice which strikes the
uninitiated stranger as revolting. It was reported to me that
the ritual consists of inserting a small bundle of hog hairs into
the mouth, along with certain magical powder, and then moving
the bundle in a highly formalized series of gestures."
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