They are a
group living in the territory between the
the Yaqui and Tarahumare of
and the Carib and Arawak
Little is known of their origin, although tradition states
that they came from the east. . . .
- - H. Miner, "Body Ritual Among the Nacirema"
The tribe Dr. Thapar studied is called the Asu and is found on the American
continent north of the Tarahumara of Mexico.
- - Author Unknown, "The Sacred Rac"
New Literature Found!
It has recently been discovered that some scholars have been writing about
the Asu, a tribe whose culture and geography seems coincidentally similar in
many respects to that of the Nacirema.
It is the opinion of this researcher that the Nacirema and the Asu are in fact
one and the same. We suspect that while ethnologists in the field may be more
likely to hear the people of this society refer to themselves as Nacirema,
apparently Asu is also an acceptable term of reference.
Perhaps research into the cultural or socio-linguistic weight of Asu versus
Nacirema within their society may provide us with additional insights into
their culture and world view.
In the interim, we ask that any researchers in possession of papers discussing
the Asu please come forward, so that we might further expand our store of
materials on Nacirema/Asu studies.
Please send additions and contributions to
- Miner, Horace (1956). "Body Ritual among the Nacirema." The American Anthropologist,
- Author Unknown (Date Unknown). "The Sacred Rac."
- Walker, W. (1970). "The Retention of Folk Linguistic Concepts and the
Caste in Contemporary Nacireman Culture." American Anthropologist
- Thompson, Neil B. (1972). "The Mysterious Fall of the Nacirema." Natural History,
- Water, W.C. IV (1978). "Sex negativity among the Nacirema."
Marriage and Family Counselor's Quarterly, 1978, 12, 35.
- Kuehl, B. P., & Newfield, N. A. (1991). "Family listeners among the Nacirema:
Their curative ceremonies and how the natives view them."
Family Therapy Case Studies, 6(1):55-66.
- O'Flaherty, Michael
(1992). "Doing Research Among the Adinac-Nacirema," Antaeus [Graduate student journal of the Department of Anthropology] (now Vis a vis),
3, 77-79. University of Toronto.
- Philipsen, Gary (1992). "'Communication' as a Nacirema Way of Speaking."
In Speaking Culturally, chapter 4. State University of New York Press, Albany.
- Frank, Scott [Prod.] (1998). "Academia: Life Off the Street."
[Ethnographic Film]. University of Southern California, Department
of Anthropology. (Abstract available at from Project 734,
"Magical Mass Migration of the Nacerima."
Aptos, California: Cabrillo College.
[Also in ZIP archive
- See also: Reaction
Paper: A Nacireman Life Enhancement Ritual
- Henrietta Houdin,
Desert Storm pinup-girl at Camp Nacirema, Turkey
- Washington State Supreme Court case: Nacirema Operating Co. v. Johnson, 396 U.S. 212, 90 S.
Ct. 347, 24 L. Ed. 2d 371 (1969), reh'g denied, 397 U.S. 929 (1970).
- A Nacirema Guide to Trying to be Irish [Unfortunately, this content no longer appears to be available on the Web.]
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