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by Andrew Rankin


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The history of seppuku - Japanese ritual suicide by cutting the stomach, sometimes referred to as hara-kiri - spans a. .

The history of seppuku - Japanese ritual suicide by cutting the stomach, sometimes referred to as hara-kiri - spans a millennium.

Andrew Rankin was educated at the universities of London, Tokyo, and Cambridge, and has lived .

Andrew Rankin was educated at the universities of London, Tokyo, and Cambridge, and has lived in Japan for many years. His other books include Mishima, Aesthetic Terrorist: An Intellectual Portrait.

The history of seppuku - Japanese ritual suicide by cutting the stomach, sometimes referred to as hara-kiri - spans .

The history of seppuku - Japanese ritual suicide by cutting the stomach, sometimes referred to as hara-kiri - spans a millennium, and came to be favored by samurai as an honorable form of death. Here, for the first time in English, is a book that charts the history of seppuku from ancient times to the twentieth century through a collection of swashbuckling tales from history and literature.

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oceedings{Rankin2011SeppukuAH, title {Seppuku: A History of Samurai Suicide}, author {Andrew H. Rankin}, year {2011} }. Andrew H. Rankin. This book charts the history of ritual samurai suicide from ancient times until the 20th century through a selection of thrilling samurai tales, both literary and historical. It provides a lot of information that has not appeared in English before. The author has worked directly from original sources, such as medieval war tales, documents of the samurai clans, and execution handbooks

The history of seppuku - Japanese ritual suicide by cutting the stomach, sometimes referred to as hara-kiri - spans a millennium .

9784770031426 The history of seppuku - Japanese ritual suicide by.Author Andrew Rankin takes us from the first recorded incident of seppuku, by th.

9784770031426 The history of seppuku - Japanese ritual suicide by cutting the stomach, sometimes referred to as hara-kiri - spans a millennium, and came to be favored by samurai as an honorable form of death. Here, for the first time in English, is a book that charts the history of seppuku from ancient times to the twentieth century through a collection of swashbuckling tales from history and literature

Book by Andrew Rankin. Seppuku combined everything samurai cared for. Exceedingly painful, it demonstrated courage and offered an opportunity to recite poetry or, even better, to write a poem in one’s own blood: it allowed a samurai to see himself as the master of his own fate

Book by Andrew Rankin. Exceedingly painful, it demonstrated courage and offered an opportunity to recite poetry or, even better, to write a poem in one’s own blood: it allowed a samurai to see himself as the master of his own fate. The condemned had barely to touch the dagger (or a substitute paper fan) before the headsman struck.

The history of seppuku — Japanese ritual suicide by cutting the stomach, sometimes referred to as hara-kiri — spans a millennium, and came to be favored by samurai as an honorable form of death. Here, for the first time in English, is a book that charts the history of seppuku from ancient times to the twentieth century through a collection of swashbuckling tales from history and literature. Author Andrew Rankin takes us from the first recorded incident of seppuku, by the goddess Aomi in the eighth century, through the "golden age" of seppuku in the sixteenth century that includes the suicides of Shibata Katsuie, Sen no Riky? and Toyotomi Hidetsugu, up to the seppuku of General Nogi Maresuke in 1912.Drawing on never-before-translated medieval war tales, samurai clan documents, and execution handbooks, Rankin also provides a fascinating look at the seppuku ritual itself, explaining the correct protocol and etiquette for seppuku, different stomach-cutting procedures, types of swords, attire, location, even what kinds of refreshment should be served at the seppuku ceremony. The book ends with a collection of quotations from authors and commentators down through the centuries, summing up both the Japanese attitude toward seppuku and foreigners’ reactions:"As for when to die, make sure you are one step ahead of everyone else. Never pull back from the brink. But be aware that there are times when you should die, and times when you should not. Die at the right moment, and you will be a hero. Die at the wrong moment, and you will die like a dog." — Izawa Nagahide, The Warrior’s Code, 1725"We all thought, ‘These guys are some kind of nutcakes.’" — Jim Verdolini, USS Randolph, describing "Kamikaze" attack of March 11, 1945

Comments: (3)

Geny
Fascinating! I have a strong interest warrior cultures and my favorite is the samurai. This book reveals many details of suppuku that I had little knowledge of. It details a subject alien to most modern people. Perhaps modern people can learn something about honor and loyalty ( something I see sorely lacking in the Pajama Boy world we live in) from this book!
Mala
Great read!!
Very informative.
Nilasida
The book "Sepukku: history of samurai suicide" explores a morbidly multi-colored spectrum of a suicide tradition within the Japanese martial way; through expanding into the whole of the Japanese way of life it shows us that perhaps it is not suicide that we are looking at, but rather a spiritual tool used by different people of high birth in order to transition from this ego-driven, pain-afflicted human realm - transition with glamour, style and often in good humor, contrary to what one may percieve about the stomach-ripping action that the act of sepukku involves.

The evolution of sepukku was from the mere "ending of life" - to be done with it, to a highly ritualized process, which we will probably never fully understand. Really i have no way of knowing all of what it may ve entailed from the perspective of an inhabitant of the Japanese Isles (who is also a hereditary warrior), but i think the book does a really good job of exploring this without taxing the reader and remembering that being a guest one does not make rules of the house. That is, being conditioned in Judeo-Christian tradition one may think of self-life-ending as something horrific, or sinful or whatever - it is not that in the Japanese tradition, and perhaps the answer lies in the religious traditions of Japan (Shinto, various Buddhist sects, even Christianity), but it is very possible that it is not, and one rather needs to take a trip into that warrior mentality that bases everything on a will to overcome, which may simultaneoulsy be a desire to be perfect and to have everything perfect around you - as history shows a gross misjudgment of reality which leads to rather odd, morose consequences. Is that the glory by which you choose to be remembered?
Seppuku: A History of Samurai Suicide download epub
Death & Grief
Author: Andrew Rankin
ISBN: 4770031424
Category: Self-Help
Subcategory: Death & Grief
Language: English
Publisher: Kodansha International; 1 edition (May 1, 2011)
Pages: 256 pages