The elements that seemed strange was the holy mouth ritual. The Nacirema believed that the mouth has an influence on social relations and they had a daily custom of inserting a bundle of hog bristles in their mouth and rub. This is performed several times a day and for people who do not carry out this ritual, they were punished by the holy mouth man. He makes holes in their teeth with sharp instruments. I think people were tortured during this ritual, because they suffered excruciating pain when holes were punched in their teeth. I am sure a lot of people died during the ritual, or tried their best to escape.
Most of us are guilty of taking things for granted in life until we interact with other cultures. Having a roof over our heads is normal for most of us, and that’s something a lot of us take for granted. We are sometimes stressed out, as we may be dealing with stuff that we have to do at home. Having to wash the dishes and a pile of laundry that we left behind. The fact that you have a house and the water that runs from the tap, and you get to sleep on a bed. We all complain about small stuff, but having a home where we are safe is something we all need to be thankful for.
When I rode on the train in Japan for the first time, I was amazed to see how quiet and polite the people were. If people talk, they generally do so quietly and they rarely answer their phone on the train. Japanese people normally mind their own business and if you ask them for help, they will do all they can to point you in the right direction. Observing people and seeing how they interact within society is one of the key factor that makes my personal view when visiting unfamiliar places.
The reading was very interesting and I was supervised to see how brutal the Nacirema culture was and their wealth was measured by the number of shrines a household possesses. In addition, to socialize, a ritual called Y tapping is done. My thoughts are, different cultures have their traditions and customs that they adhere to. It is common for people to have their perception of other cultures and places that are unfamiliar to them. Knowledge and experience is key when judging other culture’s way of life.