The Transition to Independence in American Culture In American culture, individuals become independent adults multiple times on many different occasions. Americans need several such rituals because they both highly value as well as constantly undermine independence. The various rituals symbolize the transition to adulthood, and often remind the individual of the pitfalls that come with newfound independence. The first time that an American becomes an adult is when the Earth has passed around the Sun 18 times since his birth. At this time, the American affirms to society that he is an adult by getting a sheet of processed fuel with his name and picture on it. The American can then do many things to show his independence. He can trade green pieces of paper (commonly traded for goods and services) for other brightly colored pieces of paper that promise to bring the American more green pieces of paper, but never do. In effect, the American is throwing those green pieces of paper away. This pitfall of independence in American culture is brought on by the society itself as a way of making people more dependent on each other. Also on the day of his ritual, the male Americans must sign up for a lottery-like selection to determine whether or not he must join a group and train to kill people. Although no Americans have been selected in this lottery in over a generation, the society retains the right to do it, just to show the individual that he can never be truly independent, and his fate is at the discretion of society. The final pitfall of American independence that the individual is shown on this day of ritual is the ability to trade green pieces of paper for leaves and tar wrapped in white pieces of paper that is stuck in the mouth and lit on fire. This causes the American’s teeth to rot and decay, tar to become stuck in their lungs, and is a known carcinogen, even by the Americans! Still, many Americans choose to participate in this ritual, primarily for social status and recognition. This is another pitfall of American independence: if you want to be independent and not harm yourself, then all of society will look down on you. Perhaps the most important ritual transition to adulthood comes after 21 passings of their solar calendar, a time far past puberty, and with little known biological significance. At this time, the primary individual receives a piece of paper telling the world that he is indeed an adult, and proceeds to enter a special temple for the first time. The purpose of the temple is to provide the Americans with magic potions that promise “buds,” attractive females to mate with, and the guarantee that you will be socially desirable for consuming them. These potions also have the effect of a neurotoxin, producing impaired sensory and motor function, impaired cognition, possible vomiting and even unconsciousness and death. In this temple the individual searches far and wide for the correct potions to aid his passage. Once picking out several potions, the individual approaches the potion master cautiously. He fumbles for the piece of paper and apologizes at least three times before handing the potions master green pieces of paper, that are accepted everywhere in exchange for goods and services. The individual then makes his way back to his dwelling, where he is surrounded by his support group, who encourages him to be irresponsible on this day. This is the first step in bringing the soon-to-be-independent adult to his knees. The ritual starts with everyone watching the individual take his “first” sip of the potion. Even though many Americans have partaken in drinking such potions before, this taboo is forgotten on the day of the ritual. The support group then partakes in the drinking of potions, but makes sure that the majority of the potion is consumed by the primary individual. This usually occurs during the daylight hours, at such a time that is considered taboo and irresponsible to consume potions. The…
brief summary of what led the people of Mexico to decide to go for its independence.
They wanted freedom of speech, a representative government, and restrictions on the power of the Catholic Church. They thought the only way to get this was to gain independence from Spain.
Who influenced Mexico to revolt against Spain?
America and France
Name the priest that was one of the main people involved in Mexico’s fight for independence.
Father Miguel Hidalgo
What was the name of the speech that was given…
In 1776 the Declaration of Independence was created. It was created to explain to the nations why the colonies were separated from Great Britain. Thomas Jefferson, Roger Sherman, Robert Livingston, Benjamin Franklin, and John Adams were all a part of this act, But Thomas Jefferson was chosen to draft the letter.
There are five parts to the Declaration of Independence. The Statement of Human Rights, Preamble, Charges against human rights, Charges against the King and Parliament, and The State…
A Common Connection with Nacirema
Ivy Tech Community College
After reading the article by Horarce Miner, “Body Rituals among the Nacirema, I slowly started to understand that their beliefs and rituals could be compared to our beliefs and practices in the United States. Although we here in the US would view this tribe and their rituals as somewhat bizarre, our practices here in the US could also be considered the same by other cultures. The following are some of the key concepts…
Body Rituals of the Nacirema Analysis
Horace Miners article Body Ritual among the Nacirema offers great insight into the
relevance of Anthropology to modern society by way of satire. The article characterizes the
Nacirema people of North America, “discovered” by Miner, and their perceived obsession with
the human body. The author claimed to analyze rites and rituals among the Nacirema people.
Upon realizing that the word Nacirema read backwards is American, it was easy to deduct…
Nathan Gracie Due: February 11, 2015
BODY RITUAL AMONG THE NACIREMA
In the article the Nacirema, the people are summarized as a culture obsessed with rituals regarding the human body. Their belief appeared to be that the human body is ugly and that its “natural tendency is to debility and disease.” When I first read the article I looked at this group of people as a group of very self-conscious individuals. I thought of all their daily rituals as being pointless and a waste of their…
Independence in The Red Hat
November 3, 2014
In the Red Hat, written by Rachel Hadas, a mother and a father emotionally struggle with their son growing up. Over a two-week period they watch their child from afar as he begins to transition from a child to a young adult. Through setting and point of view, the author portrays the theme of independence.
Within the poem the reader sees elements of time, date, and setting. Using setting the author uses…
In “Body Ritual among the Nacirema” by Horace Miner, describes fictional tribal people in a highly developed economy enriched by their natural habitat that are living in the U.S. and have a particular behavior where most of their days are spent performing rituals to an extreme by while adoring them in front of a sacred shrine. Miner describes this shrine as a boxed chest that has charms and potions from the medicine man, this to be considered a doctor and the chest as the medicine cabinet in a bathroom…
“Body Rituals Among the Nacirema, “ by Horace Miner, is an essay written about the Nacirema, or American people, from an outsider’s perspective. Miner gives an insight on the Nacireman people, which he describes in his essay as an unknown tribe, and the completing of the Nacireman’s magical beliefs and practices, which involve daily, involuntary body rituals that cause much pain and discomfort. Miner shows how an outsider’s perspective can affect the way a culture is seen.
In his essay, Miner uses…
Auditor Independence. This case can also be used to discuss auditor independence. Auditor independence has received significant attention in the U.S. Walter Schuetze, then Chief Accountant to the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), wrote a pointed commentary, “A Mountain or a Molehill?” Several other SEC speeches and commentaries followed until November 2000 when the SEC adopted new rules governing the auditor’s independence. The amendments modernize the Commission’s rules for…