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.
I want to thank you for joining me along this journey into the odd and strange traditions of the Nacireman folk. It has been almost four years since I discovered this strange land that was unoccupied and free for the taking. I shall soon be returning to the continent of Africa, specifically the country of Kenya, where I will request the Queen’s permission to annex this land and claim it for my children and their children. Until then, these are my parting words.
During the past year I have been engaged in a deep anthropological study of Nacirema culture and customs. I have made sure to document their odd practices each step of the way. I am aware that the articles may at times feel over-exaggerated, paternalistic or pessimistic. This is because, out of respect, I have been doing my best to follow the same writing style that the Nacireman folk use when writing about the African continent — that is, portraying a single story.
Now that my anthropological studies are coming to an end, I feel it is time to share some of the things I like about Nacirema country.