Death and Dying in Contemporary Japan

1st Edition

Hikaru Suzuki

Routledge
Published July 4, 2014
Reference - 264 Pages - 22 B/W Illustrations
ISBN 9781138815650 - CAT# Y171591
Series: Japan Anthropology Workshop Series

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Summary

This book, based on extensive original research, explores the various ways in which Japanese people think about death and how they approach the process of dying and death. It shows how new forms of funeral ceremonies have been developed by the funeral industry, how traditional grave burial is being replaced in some cases by the scattering of ashes and forest mortuary ritual, and how Japanese thinking on relationships, the value of life, and the afterlife are changing. Throughout, it assesses how these changes reflect changing social structures and social values.

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