The term Nacirema is 'American' spelled backward. It was first introduced by Horace Miner in "Body Ritual Among the Nacirema." Today, it is mainly used by anthropologists to distance themselves, and avoid personal bias, when writing about American culture, its rituals and its customs.
We are deep into the holy season of basketball in the village of Chapel Hill.
Basketball is a traditional competition where the tallest children in the village attempt to put a brown sphere into a sacred high basket. It is quite a futile task because the basket has a gaping hole at its bottom; hence, the ball always falls through.
Naciremans convene regularly at an ancient arena to watch basketball in the hopes that they will witness the occasion when someone finally succeeds at keeping the sphere in the basket.
The arena is a holy place for Naciremans; therefore, they diligently keep it clean in fear of angering the ancient gods. This is why Naciremans dress up shorter children in suits and hire them to periodically wipe the basketball court.