By Barbara R. Ambros

because the Nineteen Nineties the japanese puppy has grown to a trillion-yen enterprise and estimates position the variety of pets above the variety of young ones 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 spiritual and highbrow traditions built animals as topics of non secular rituals and the way pets were integrated or excluded within the necral landscapes of up to date Japan.

Pet mortuary rites are logos of the continuing alterations 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 growth of the Eighties, the puppy growth of the Nineteen 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 heritage of puppy mortuary rites. Ambros makes use of this background to make clear vital questions similar to: Who (or what) counts as a friend? What different types of practices may still the nation realize as spiritual and hence safeguard financially and legally? Is it frivolous or egocentric to maintain, pamper, or love an animal? should 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 eventually, what's the prestige of animals in Japan? Bones of Contention is a publication approximately how jap humans suppose and look at pets and other forms of animals and, in flip, what pets and their humans need to let us know approximately existence and demise in Japan today.

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