How Did Suicide Turn Into Capital Punishment?

On the history of seppuku

Photo by Ryunosuke Kikuno on Unsplash

SSeppuku (or hara-kiri) is a ritualised and institutionalised form of suicide prominent in pre-modern Japan. Most contemporary films of romanticised Japanese history contain scenes showcasing this grotesque yet unique practice.

In The Last Samurai (2003), General Hasegawa committed seppuku with the help of Katsumoto…

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Wei Xiang

Wei Xiang

I was once asked about the origins of the universe. So, here I am doing philosophy. Ethics | Intellectual History | Chinese Comparative Philosophy