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Bones of Contention: Animals and Religion in Contemporary Japan
作者 Ambros, Barbara
出版日期2012
頁次265
出版者University of Hawai'i Press
出版者網址 http://www.uhpress.hawaii.edu/
出版地Honolulu, HI, US [檀香山, 夏威夷州, 美國]
資料類型書籍=Book
使用語言英文=English
摘要Since the 1990s the Japanese pet industry has grown to a trillion-yen business and estimates place the number of pets above the number of children under the age of fifteen. There are between 6,000 to 8,000 businesses in the Japanese pet funeral industry, including more than 900 pet cemeteries. Of these about 120 are operated by Buddhist temples, and Buddhist mortuary rites for pets have become an institutionalized practice. In Bones of Contention, Barbara Ambros investigates what religious and intellectual traditions constructed animals as subjects of religious rituals and how pets have been included or excluded in the necral landscapes of contemporary Japan.

Pet mortuary rites are emblems of the ongoing changes in contemporary Japanese religions. The increase in single and nuclear-family households, marriage delays for both males and females, the falling birthrate and graying of society, the occult boom of the 1980s, the pet boom of the 1990s, the anti-religious backlash in the wake of the 1995 Aum Shinrikyō incident—all of these and more have contributed to Japan’s contested history of pet mortuary rites. Ambros uses this history to shed light on important questions such as: Who (or what) counts as a family member? What kinds of practices should the state recognize as religious and thus protect financially and legally? Is it frivolous or selfish to keep, pamper, or love an animal? Should humans and pets be buried together? How do people reconcile the deeply personal grief that follows the loss of a pet and how do they imagine the afterlife of pets? And ultimately, what is the status of animals in Japan? Bones of Contention is a book about how Japanese people feel and think about pets and other kinds of animals and, in turn, what pets and their people have to tell us about life and death in Japan today.
目次[Table of Contents]

List of Illustrations p.vii
Acknowledgments p.ix-xi

Introduction p.1-16
1. Order, Karma, and Kinship: Animals in Japanese History and Culture p.17-50
2. Masking Commodification and Sacralizing Consumption: The Emergence of Animal Memorial Rites p.51-89
3. Pets, Death, and Taxes: The Legal Boundaries of Religion p.90-123
4. Embodying Hybridity: The Necrogeography of Pet Memorial Spaces p.124-155
5. Vengeful Spirits or Loving Spiritual Companions? Changing Views of Pet Spirits p.156-185

Epilogue p.187-194
Notes p.195-222
Glossary p.223-229
Bibliography p.231-255
Index p.257-265
ISBN9780824837204 (E); 9780824836269
點閱次數10
建檔日期2015.10.08










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