Body Rituals of Nacirema (6/6)

Our review of the ritual life of the Nacirema has certainly shown them to be a magic-ridden people. It is hard to understand how they haVe managed to exist so long under the burdens which they have imposed upon themselves. But even such exotic customs as these take on real meaning when they are viewd within the insight provided by Malinowski when he wrote:"Looking from far and above, from our high places of safety in the developed civilization, it is easy to see all the crudity and irrelevance of magic. But without its power and guidance, early man could not have mastered his practical difficulties as he has done, nor could man have advanced to the higher stages of civilization.

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