jueves, 23 de agosto de 2012

Seppuku 'death poem'

(A woman commiting Seppuku, from an unknown source)
Seppuku (“stomach-cutting”) is a form of Japanese ritual suicide by disembowelment.

In time, carrying out seppuku came to involve a detailed ritual. This was usually performed in front of spectators if it was a planned seppuku, not one performed on a battlefield. A samurai was bathed, dressed in white robes, and fed his favorite meal. When he had finished, his instrument was placed on his plate. Dressed ceremonially, with his sword placed in front of him and sometimes seated on special cloths, the warrior would prepare for death by writing a death poem.

"This is motherfucking fascinating, and horrific and the same time."