Year: 1973 Source: Forensic Science, v.2, (1973), p.191-199 SIEC No: 19832880

This article analyzes the Japanese suicidal ritual of Harakiri. An explanation of its’ origins & functions in traditional Japanese society is provided. Contemporary rates of Harakiri & suicide from sharp objects are presented. The issue of imitative suicide in relation to this ritual is discussed. (SC)