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By Barbara R. Ambros

because the Nineties the japanese puppy has grown to a trillion-yen enterprise and estimates position the variety of pets above the variety of childrens lower than the age of fifteen. There are among 6,000 to 8,000 companies within the eastern puppy funeral undefined, together with greater than 900 puppy cemeteries. of those approximately one hundred twenty are operated by means of Buddhist temples, and Buddhist mortuary rites for pets became an institutionalized perform. In Bones of Contention, Barbara Ambros investigates what non secular and highbrow traditions built animals as topics of non secular rituals and the way pets were incorporated or excluded within the necral landscapes of up to date Japan.

Pet mortuary rites are logos of the continuing adjustments in modern jap religions. the rise in unmarried and nuclear-family families, marriage delays for either ladies and men, the falling birthrate and graying of society, the occult increase of the Nineteen Eighties, the puppy growth of the Nineties, the anti-religious backlash within the wake of the 1995 Aum Shinrikyō incident—all of those and extra have contributed to Japan’s contested historical past of puppy mortuary rites. Ambros makes use of this background to make clear vital questions akin to: Who (or what) counts as a friend? What different types of practices should still the country realize as spiritual and therefore shield financially and legally? Is it frivolous or egocentric to maintain, pamper, or love an animal? may still people and pets be buried jointly? How do humans reconcile the deeply own grief that follows the lack of a puppy and the way do they think the afterlife of pets? And finally, what's the prestige of animals in Japan? Bones of Contention is a booklet approximately how jap humans consider and consider pets and other forms of animals and, in flip, what pets and their humans need to let us know approximately lifestyles and dying in Japan today.

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