Some choose scented candles while others pick Ear Candling. Yes, you heard me correctly (well not if you have a candle in your ear) but Ear Candling is the homeopathic phenomenon where wax is excavated from your ear. Also known as Coning, a wax coated tube is placed in one's ear where it is then lit on fire which then creates a suction thus pulling out wax, toxins, and bad chakras. Well that is a lot of pressure for a little flame.
Most doctors and practices identify Ear Candling as an unsafe alternative medicine where more harm than good is likely to result. Most Ear, Nose, and Throat ENT doctors say that ear wax is harmless and you shouldn't stick anything in your ear, not even a Qtip, much less a candle. Yet, Ear Candling is still commonly practice around the world. So whether you're looking to cleanse your chi or you suffer from a terrible ear infection, go ahead light up. Risks include catching on fire and loss of hearing, but heck think of them as added incentives and a bit of excitment. The best part is the cutting open of the cone at the end where before you vomit from grossness you see what is your supposed inner ear's wax, but let's be honest it's the candles' wax.
Between your Bose stereo system and your Beats headphones you were already prematurely loosing your hearing, which any ENT doctor agree with. Maybe you Ear Candling practitioner Wanda was at fault? Although she did have her School of Fengshui certificate hanging on her RV wall. However running on repeat in your silent head is Wanda's scratchy smoker voice saying "alls I had to do was read a website and print the certificate." Well let's not dwell on the past, your chi is cleansed and with this added silence you'll have a perfect place to meditate, free from distraction, zen absent from car alarms and classical music.
100 Objects of Popular and Material Culture is an blog exploring the manifestations of human consumption and commodity-ization. The purpose of this experiment is to explore material and popular culture in contemporary society by using objects and concepts to prompt wider questions and reflections. So by emulating The British Museum's and Neil MacGregor's format of A History of the World in 100 Objects I plan to satirically analyze and reinterpreted 100 material culture objects over the course of 2014. Material Culture is the study of our culture's consumption of stuff; namely the manifestation of culture through material productions where people's perceptions of objects is socially and culturally dependent. With this, objects reflect conscious and unconscious beliefs on the the individuals who fabricated, purchased, or used them, and by extension the society where they live. So examining materiality, cultural truths and societal assumptions may be discovered. As anthropologist Arjun Appaduai states "in any society the individual is often caught between the cultural structure of commodity-ization and his own personal attempts to bring a value and order to the universe of things." Objects and commodities make up a much larger symbolic system consisting of want and need, socio-economic status, fashion, etc. Often times form follows function whether the commodity, market, and or consumer forever evolve around one-another. Philosopher Pierre Bourdieu's theories of capital flow full circle; where regardless if you are a minimalist or a hoarder the world is made up of things and everyone will leave their footprint on the earth. So by humorously analyzing marketed objects and concepts, hopefully this blog will provide further incite into ideas of over-consumption, a disposable society, consumerism vs. anti-consumers, planned obsolescence vs. sustainability, as well as the greater good of mankind and future generations.