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In the early 1960s the world was shocked by the tragic spectacle of thousands of children born with malformed arms and legs. The image of those children struggling with deformed limbs has been seared into the public imagination. The defects in limbs and other organs were linked to thalidomide, a supposedly safe drug taken by pregnant women for nausea and insomnia.

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This article provides an ethnographic description of the sacred customs of the Naicisyhp culture. It is inspired by an earlier ethnography published on the equally exotic Nacirema people.[1] While there is some debate among scholars as to the exact origins of the western Naicisyhp, it is generally agreed that they are likely a derivative of a larger cultural group known as the Rotcod Lacidem. There are various subgroupings and types of Rotcod Lacidem throughout the world, all of which fall under the general rubric of Enicidem.

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