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Hara-kiri : Japanese ritual suicide

Author: Jack Seward
Publisher: Rutland, Vt. : C.E. Tuttle Co., 1972, ©1968.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : EnglishView all editions and formats
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To the average westerner, the word hara-kiri conjures up an image of excruciating, self-inflicted pain; of a deep, fatal incision. To the Japanese, this kind of suicide embodies the best qualities of courage, honor, and discipline. Through extensive research, author Jack Seward brings to the English-speaking public a dissertation on the subject that is thoroughly enlightening. Fluent in speaking, reading, and  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
Additional Physical Format: Print version:
Seward, Jack.
Hara-kiri.
Rutland, Vt. : C.E. Tuttle Co., 1972, ©1968
(DLC) 68011973
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Jack Seward
ISBN: 9781462907625 1462907628
OCLC Number: 815508825
Description: 1 online resource (116 pages) : illustrations
Contents: Seppuku Defined. Definition ; First Eyewitness Account by a Westerner ; Changes in Methods of Execution ; Breaches of Tradition --
Origin & Types. Beginnings of Sacrifice ; Early Documents on Seppuku ; Seppuku in the Feudal Penal Code ; Why the Abdomen Was Chosen ; Kinds of Seppuku --
Customs and Formalities. Sites Used in the Seppuku Ceremony ; The Site Itself ; Formalities at the Site ; The Kenshi ; Ritual Procedures ; Kaishaku ; Degradation of Seppuku --
Seppuku and Shinju. Definition of Double Suicide ; Comparison of Seppuku and Shinju ; Germs of Humanity in Battle Records ; Disintegration from Within ; Decline of Bushido ; The Gempuku Ceremony ; Criticism by Commoners --
Revival of Seppuku. An Imperfect Renovation ; Unification of Objects of Loyalty ; Speculation About Bushido ; Modern Seppuku ; Downfall of Bushido.
Responsibility: by Jack Seward.

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To the average westerner, the word hara-kiri conjures up an image of excruciating, self-inflicted pain; of a deep, fatal incision. To the Japanese, this kind of suicide embodies the best qualities of courage, honor, and discipline. Through extensive research, author Jack Seward brings to the English-speaking public a dissertation on the subject that is thoroughly enlightening. Fluent in speaking, reading, and writing Japanese, he was able to glean information from ancient documents, many of them scrolls in the Japanese archives, that few foreigners have seen. The earliest writings on hara-kiri (known more formally as seppuku are thus revealed, as are the intricate rituals surrounding the ceremony.

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