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Ritual: Hara-Kiri


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This ritual is about a Japanese tradition.
Done by: Sebastiàn Dìaz. IFD Paysandú. 4th. Form.

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Ritual: Hara-Kiri

  1. 1. Hara-kiri<br />腹<br />切<br />
  2. 2. Etymology <br />HARA = abdomen<br />KIRI = cut<br />Seppuku (formal Japanese); Hara-kiri (slang).<br /> The difference, approximately, between 'belly slitting' and 'stomach cutting'.<br />
  3. 3. samurais<br />Samurais took control in Japan in the 12th century A. D.<br />They developed several martial arts, among which the two of utmost importance were kenjutsu and jiu-jitsu.<br />They were the most sophisticated warriors on earth until fire arms appeared. <br />BUSHIDO: code of conduct.<br />
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  5. 5. History of hara-kiri<br />Feudal Japan of the 12th century. <br />Minamoto no Yurimasa (well known for his abilities as a bow-man) during the Battle of Uji in the year 1180. <br />Seppuku eventually became a key part of bushido. <br />
  6. 6. katana<br />
  7. 7. TANTO<br />
  8. 8. The ritual<br />The most common form of seppuku was simply a single horizontal cut with the tanto. Once the cut was made, the second would decapitate the suicide. <br />This second cut made with the katana, was carried out by someone close to the man performing the ritual.<br />
  9. 9.  jumonjigiri<br />A more painful version, called jumonjigiri, involved both a horizontal and vertical cut. <br />The performer of jumonjigirithen waited heroically to bleed to death, rather than being decapitated by a second samurai.<br />
  10. 10. Battlefield seppukus were quick.<br />Planned ones had several stages:<br />Last meal <br />Bath, <br />Dressed himself carefully<br />Seated himself on his death cloth. <br />Death or farewell poem. <br />Open his kimono and stab himself.<br />
  11. 11. reasons<br />Samurais could not stand the shame of the defeat. It was dishonourable. (Main reason)<br />Personal shame<br />Loss of sponsorship from a daimyo or shogun (feudal lords)<br />It was a way of regaining honour, and die with it.<br />