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Koobecaf by Erin Prendergast
Some begin by doing a sutats etadpu, but others will have to change their pihsnoitaler sutats. As one member did this her eyes became immersed with water. It is one of the more intense spiritual moments in the service. One affiliate of the community pulled me aside to tell me that now is when a bond between two Koobecafers has either increased or ceased completely. It seems that when tears are involved in the ceremony it is because the bond has broken by a fellow Koobceafer. The Nacirema hurt the most then precedes to dneirfed both parties.
Continuing on with the rite, the Koobecafers focus is either gaze at other’s otohp smubla to see what seitivitca and seitrap they have attended or they tsop on their sdneirf sllaw. This is where the social structure of Nacirema is important because the members of this society are very communal and need to be in contact at all times. This ritual is what assists the population in succeeding in their mission. Each member has their very own Koobecaf ritual to express their uniqueness and categorize themselves in an extraordinary way. Many include their family in otoho smubla for the Koobecaf world to observe since the family is such a vital division in the Nacirema culture. Also, subdivisions in the culture can keep in touch with spuorg on Koobecaf. The Nacirema have such strong bonds with eachother that they care about others lives as much as their own.
The superstructure is different than other cultures I have seen. The Naciremas value independence, love and individuality. Our independence tends to leave us feeling alone so the fact that their culture has the ability to stay connected replaces that solitude. The Koobecaf ritual carries on with Koobecaf tahc which aids in the desire for companionship.
The more I have learned throughout my time here in Nacirema I have seen how the infrastructure works. Through Koobecaf every Nacirema has their friends at their fingertips. It does not matter where you are in location. You are still apart of Koobecaf. Even if you are not performing the ritual at a certain moment, someone else might be and are able to let you know they are thinking about you. When rituals begin you may be surprised with a rekcitsrepmub a friend sent you during their own ritual.
Koobecaf is a unique addition to the Nacirema’s daily rituals. The Nacirema’s cannot get enough of other members in the society, performing the ritual longer when they are bored or lonely. Some members have names for these people, koobecaf sreklats. This is when the ritual interferes with work and responsibilities. Not many members find it as creepy as some, but that is why they can create their ritual to be as open or as closed as it needs to be. This ritual is becoming more flexible and expanding daily. It will be a ritual for the rest of time.
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