Monday, June 27, 2011
Seppuku means "stomach cutting" in japanese and it was first considered as a ritual reserved for samurais only, because it became a key part of the bushido code. The ritual has been carried away to the 20th century but performed only by a few. It consists of slashing your abdomen from left to right with a tantō, a 15-30 cms knife, disemboweling your organs and then he would stretch his neck and a second person would behead him.
This is a ritual that has been carried out for almost a thousand years and it requires preparation. The samurai would bath, wear a white robe and then eat his favorite meal, then he'd write a death poem as preparation to the next life and at last, perform seppuku.
Another form of seppuku which is more painful is called jūmonji giri and in this one there's no second person to behead the samurai, he dies of his wounds and loss of blood. It consists of making an horizontal cut and a second and more painful vertical cut to the abdomen, making a cross-like wound.