In a 550-word essay using MLA format, describe a ritual or custom in your culture. What purpose does it serve and what values might it reflect? How might you compare this ritual or custom to ones practiced in other cultures? Students must refer to the assigned unit readings and one outside academic source.
Use these readings in the Source :One World, Many Cultures
Harold Miner, “Body Ritual Among the Nacirema,” (p. 340)
Valerie Steele and John S. Major’s “China Chic: East Meets West” (p. 352)
Kao Kalia Yang’s “Walking Back Alone,” (p. 365)
Gina Del Guercio “The Secrets of Voodoo in Haiti” (p. 372)
A custom/ritual from my culture is annual visits parrandas and carnivals in cuba.
Personal examples: Seeing the competing floats for the very first time and being in awe of the grandeur. Being disappointed that the one I picked did not win.
Seeing fireworks for the very first time and seeing a child in a wheelchair with missing limbs and thinking that the fireworks were the reason he was in the chair.
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