In describing the Nacirema's oral hygiene, Miner writes, "The Nacirema have an almost pathological horror of and fascination with the mouth, the condition of which is believed to have a supernatural influence on all social relationships.
Without giving too much of the essay away, spell "Nacirema" backwards and see what you find. Miner has described our own dental hygiene rituals, yet it in the layered way an anthropologist might describe a West African tribe's rituals. And we are shocked to see ourselves through the lens of this "outsider."
In Horace Miner's famous ethnographic essay, "," the author describes in intricate detail the seemingly bizarre cultural practices of a society known as the Nacirema.