Year: 1980 Source: Social Psychiatry, v.15, no.2, (1980), p.57-63 SIEC No: 19840759

This article discusses the Japanese suicidal ritual of seppuku. Historical origins, types, methods & implications of seppuku for the Japanese psyche & religio-moral philosophy of death in Japan are presented. The author argues that seppuku is a culturally approved & reinforced means of safeguarding self-esteem & honor. (14 refs) (SC)