The best in arts & entertainment, news, pop culture, and your mom since 2002.

[Total: 37    Average: 3.8/5]
32 Comments - View/Add
Hits: 8893
Rating: 3.8
Category: Weird
Date: 03/07/09 03:11 PM

32 Responses to Seppuku Ceremony

  1. Profile photo of gandhi172
    gandhi172 Male 18-29
    2028 posts
    March 7, 2009 at 2:28 pm
    Link: Seppuku Ceremony - An interesting... and fairly disturbing demonstration of the samurai`s suicide ceremony.
  2. Profile photo of opiebreath
    opiebreath Female 18-29
    15774 posts
    March 7, 2009 at 3:22 pm
    We humans are an interesting bunch, aren`t we?
  3. Profile photo of Bigshorty
    Bigshorty Male 18-29
    79 posts
    March 7, 2009 at 3:25 pm
    I thought they were only decapitated if they grimaced, or made a nose while cutting into themselves.
  4. Profile photo of sponged
    sponged Male 18-29
    553 posts
    March 7, 2009 at 3:28 pm
    that took forever im sure the gilotine is far more quicker than that :-)
  5. Profile photo of dystopia04
    dystopia04 Female 18-29
    1082 posts
    March 7, 2009 at 3:32 pm
  6. Profile photo of Nidonemo
    Nidonemo Male 18-29
    9308 posts
    March 7, 2009 at 3:44 pm
    Sponged: Eh, it`s a movie. Dramatic effect most likely.
  7. Profile photo of peloos12
    peloos12 Male 18-29
    3822 posts
    March 7, 2009 at 4:01 pm
    That was cool. To say those Samurai were dedicated to what they did would be a gross understatement...
  8. Profile photo of peloos12
    peloos12 Male 18-29
    3822 posts
    March 7, 2009 at 4:04 pm
    Oh, btw. For anybody-who-doesn`t-know`s reference:

  9. Profile photo of bingo5765
    bingo5765 Male 18-29
    207 posts
    March 7, 2009 at 4:06 pm
    The fact that humans can place anything above their moment to moment survival differs us from most other living things. There are exceptions, like bees stinging and dying for their hives, or ants in swarms, but they are exceptions that prove the rule.

    Now, suicide for honor to many of us doesn`t seem "right" or "fair," but what if it was for something more worthwhile. Would you commit suicide to cure aids? What about to eliminate scarcity and poverty altogether? Would you kill yourself to ensure the future of the human race? To many the answer is no, but some may think it a nobler end.

    Know what I`m sayin` dawg?

  10. Profile photo of langdonhill
    langdonhill Male 18-29
    506 posts
    March 7, 2009 at 4:07 pm
    Bigshorty - The decapitation is part of the ritual. The samurai would choose a trusted friend or colleague (even though it was considered dishonorable to take this role) who would be assigned to decapitate him once the cut(s; depending on the severity of punishment required, sometimes samurai would make multiple cuts in different directions) had been made. This samurai was usually a master swordsman whose role it was to end the doomed samurai`s pain quickly but with respect, generally by making such a precise cut that the head was still attached by a sliver of skin. It was considered bad luck if the head came all the way off, and so choosing this person was rather important.

    Of course, all of this information is from me reading Wikipedia while being bored during English, so take it however you so choose.

  11. Profile photo of papasmurfe
    papasmurfe Male 18-29
    323 posts
    March 7, 2009 at 4:23 pm
    And thus sushi is made for allt he villages!


  12. Profile photo of evanking
    evanking Male 18-29
    689 posts
    March 7, 2009 at 4:25 pm
  13. Profile photo of Loving
    Loving Female 18-29
    53 posts
    March 7, 2009 at 4:39 pm
    i didn`t find this disturbing -_-
  14. Profile photo of JGESS
    JGESS Male 18-29
    433 posts
    March 7, 2009 at 4:41 pm
    i thought they fell on their sword and impaled themselves?
  15. Profile photo of s0rd3dvis1on
    s0rd3dvis1on Male 18-29
    2388 posts
    March 7, 2009 at 4:41 pm
    Japanese really new how to live comfortably didnt they breezy loose clothes hard floors small chairs bet they never got bed sores or bad backs its probably why they are able to keep working at the age of 80
  16. Profile photo of yoimmylene
    yoimmylene Female 13-17
    2065 posts
    March 7, 2009 at 4:54 pm
    Eek! My stomache feels achy now.
  17. Profile photo of Nidonemo
    Nidonemo Male 18-29
    9308 posts
    March 7, 2009 at 5:01 pm
    s0rd3dvis1on: It`s not really like that anymore, that was back in feudal times I think. Now if you go it`s probably like New York.
  18. Profile photo of alfietoon
    alfietoon Male 18-29
    1164 posts
    March 7, 2009 at 5:26 pm
    i dont find this disturbing at all i find it all beautifully set out and very nicely done... its better than hanging yourself from your bedsheets or blowing a hole in your head with a handgun
  19. Profile photo of Erunen
    Erunen Male 18-29
    190 posts
    March 7, 2009 at 5:27 pm
    An amazingly deep ceremony.
  20. Profile photo of LastDesprado
    LastDesprado Male 13-17
    114 posts
    March 7, 2009 at 6:20 pm
    uhh ok. lets all stab our spleens and be beheaded then
  21. Profile photo of krath
    krath Male 18-29
    265 posts
    March 7, 2009 at 6:23 pm
    The Japanese have a ceremony for everything it seems
  22. Profile photo of Slade8
    Slade8 Male 18-29
    951 posts
    March 7, 2009 at 6:49 pm
    Lacked a required gore factor. Also, I thought they`d make a horizontal slash across the stomach, pull out the internal organs and hold them as long as possible, THEN they were beheaded. This guy took the pussy way out. :\
  23. Profile photo of Svennysven
    Svennysven Female 18-29
    30 posts
    March 7, 2009 at 7:12 pm
    Circular motions, people, circular motions. Gotta make sure those entrails fall out properly.
    A very honorable way to go.

  24. Profile photo of Moopgasm
    Moopgasm Male 18-29
    250 posts
    March 7, 2009 at 7:13 pm
    lol id never kill myself!

    just watching this gave me the willies


  25. Profile photo of MildCorma
    MildCorma Male 18-29
    496 posts
    March 7, 2009 at 7:17 pm
    Yeah, the idea is that he must do that without showing any pain or faltering. If he can do that then he tilts his neck down and then he is beheaded.
  26. Profile photo of DuHasstMich
    DuHasstMich Female 13-17
    119 posts
    March 7, 2009 at 8:07 pm
    I have a book about samurai. The process for seppuku that it describes in there is: They follow the video up to the taking off the shirt. However, the white paper on the ritual knife should have been set aside for the retainer to clean the knife. And, the samurai didn`t stab himself and immediately be beheaded. He sliced horizontally, then dragged the knife up. THEN, if he didn`t show any signs of pain, his retainer beheaded him.

    In other words, video is off.

  27. Profile photo of _Perfection_
    _Perfection_ Male 18-29
    1788 posts
    March 7, 2009 at 9:52 pm
    I love the lightening bolt sound effects.
  28. Profile photo of Slotherder
    Slotherder Male 30-39
    251 posts
    March 7, 2009 at 10:08 pm
    I heard somehwere (probably national geographic, or somesuch) that one possibility as to why samurai dissembowled themselves after defeat was to prove that their insides were not deteriorated and corrupt.
  29. Profile photo of Batmanners
    Batmanners Male 18-29
    4006 posts
    March 7, 2009 at 11:17 pm
    Video isn`t 100% accurate. As it has been said.

    But this is a beautiful, artistic, honorific way to die. Anyone who thinks seppuku was horrid, has forgotten the miracle of how this universe came to be and is engulfed in the globalization that has taken over the old ways, of how we came to be where we are now.

    I am not saying that seppuku was a key point, but a belief, that dying with honor was better than dying wealthy, in my eyes, is a million times more soothing than anything Japan does nowadays.

    *wishes this world had more class and weeps*

  30. Profile photo of HuskysTiger
    HuskysTiger Male 18-29
    629 posts
    March 8, 2009 at 10:36 am
    DuHasstMich: Ah. I always thought the beheading came after the samurai screams because the pain became unbearable after a while.
  31. Profile photo of HOLYCRAP1234
    HOLYCRAP1234 Male 13-17
    1468 posts
    March 8, 2009 at 12:11 pm
    Gandhi`s in love with Samurai.
  32. Profile photo of xlollerskate
    xlollerskate Female 18-29
    167 posts
    April 26, 2009 at 10:21 pm
    Well, if they weren`t so emo about it..

Leave a Reply