exploration of cultural artifacts


written text:  from "Body Ritual Among the Nacirema"

Horace Miner


"The 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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