Kitchens of the Nacirema
In his classic anthropological article, Horace Miner described the customs of the Nacirema tribe. He spends particular time describing their body rituals, such as their daily ablutions. In the passage below, he describes the rooms (shrines) where these rituals take place. I was particularly struck by the last sentences below, where he discusses the construction of the walls of these shrines: The more powerful individuals in the society have several shrines in their houses and, in fact, the opulence of a house is often referred to in terms of the number of such ritual centers it possesses. Most houses are of wattle and daub construction, but the shrine rooms of the more wealthy are walled with stone. Poorer families imitate the rich by applying pottery plaques to their shrine walls.
Now, Miner's characterization concerned the body-ritual shrine. Do you think the same characterization regarding stone vs. pottery applies to the food-preparation ritual center?