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Bones of contention : animals and religion in contemporary Japan, Barbara R. Ambros

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Bones of contention : animals and religion in contemporary Japan
Title
Bones of contention
Title remainder
animals and religion in contemporary Japan
Statement of responsibility
Barbara R. Ambros
Creator
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
"Since the 1990s the Japanese pet industry has grown to a trillion-yen business and estimates place the number of pets above the number of children under the age of fifteen. There are between 6,000 to 8,000 businesses in the Japanese pet funeral industry, including more than 900 pet cemeteries. Of these about 120 are operated by Buddhist temples, and Buddhist mortuary rites for pets have become an institutionalized practice. In Bones of Contention, Barbara Ambros investigates what religious and intellectual traditions constructed animals as subjects of religious rituals and how pets have been included or excluded in the necral landscapes of contemporary Japan. Pet mortuary rites are emblems of the ongoing changes in contemporary Japanese religions. The increase in single and nuclear-family households, marriage delays for both males and females, the falling birthrate and graying of society, the occult boom of the 1980s, the pet boom of the 1990s, the anti-religious backlash in the wake of the 1995 Aum Shinrikyō incident--all of these and more have contributed to Japan's contested history of pet mortuary rites. Ambros uses this history to shed light on important questions such as: Who (or what) counts as a family member? What kinds of practices should the state recognize as religious and thus protect financially and legally? Is it frivolous or selfish to keep, pamper, or love an animal? Should humans and pets be buried together? How do people reconcile the deeply personal grief that follows the loss of a pet and how do they imagine the afterlife of pets? And ultimately, what is the status of animals in Japan? Bones of Contention is a book about how Japanese people feel and think about pets and other kinds of animals and, in turn, what pets and their people have to tell us about life and death in Japan today."--Publisher's website
Cataloging source
HU/DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorDate
1968-
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Ambros, Barbara
Government publication
government publication of a state province territory dependency etc
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • maps
Index
index present
LC call number
BQ5030.D4
LC item number
A53 2012
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Pets
  • Pets
  • Buddhist memorial rites and ceremonies
  • Human-animal relationships
Label
Bones of contention : animals and religion in contemporary Japan, Barbara R. Ambros
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. [231]-255) and index
Contents
Order, karma, and kinship : animals in Japanese history and culture -- Masking commodification and sacralizing consumption : the emergence of animal memorial rites -- Pets, death, and taxes : the legal boundaries of religion -- Embodying hybridity : the necrogeography of pet memorial spaces -- Vengeful spirits or loving spiritual companions? : changing views of pet spirits
Control code
801355384
Dimensions
23 cm
Extent
xi, 265 p.
Isbn
9780824836269
Lccn
2012019669
Other control number
40021501178
Other physical details
ill., maps
System control number
(OCoLC)801355384
Label
Bones of contention : animals and religion in contemporary Japan, Barbara R. Ambros
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. [231]-255) and index
Contents
Order, karma, and kinship : animals in Japanese history and culture -- Masking commodification and sacralizing consumption : the emergence of animal memorial rites -- Pets, death, and taxes : the legal boundaries of religion -- Embodying hybridity : the necrogeography of pet memorial spaces -- Vengeful spirits or loving spiritual companions? : changing views of pet spirits
Control code
801355384
Dimensions
23 cm
Extent
xi, 265 p.
Isbn
9780824836269
Lccn
2012019669
Other control number
40021501178
Other physical details
ill., maps
System control number
(OCoLC)801355384

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