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Trivia Death of a Samurai

Discussion in 'General Chat' started by meowzkingz, May 28, 2015.

  1. Seppuku or Hara-Kiri: Death of a Samurai

    a form of Japanese ritual suicide by disembowelment. Seppuku was originally reserved only for samurai. Part of the samurai bushido honor code, seppuku was used either voluntarily by samurai to die with honor rather than fall into the hands of their enemies (and likely suffer torture) or as a form of capital punishment for samurai who had committed serious offenses, or performed because they had brought shame to themselves. The ceremonial disembowelment, which is usually part of a more elaborate ritual and performed in front of spectators, consists of plunging a short blade, traditionally a tantō, into the abdomen and drawing the blade from left to right, slicing open the abdomen.

    During World War II many Japanese soldiers committed hara-kiri rather than tolerate capture. by American and Filipino soldiers

    hara-kiri (meaning "belly cutting") is not a word that most Japanese use. The common term for the practice in Japan is "seppuku" which roughly translates to "self-disembowelment."
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