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Bones of ContentionAnimals and Religion in Contemporary Japan$
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Barbara R. Ambros

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780824836269

Published to Hawaii Scholarship Online: November 2016

DOI: 10.21313/hawaii/9780824836269.001.0001

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Bones of Contention

Barbara R. Ambros

University of Hawai'i Press

This book examines the culture industry of pet mortuary rites in contemporary Japan. It considers the necrogeography of the physical and mental landscapes that have produced the current configurations of pet memorial rites in Japan. It explores what religious and intellectual traditions constructed animals as subjects of religious rituals and how pets have been subjected to inclusion or exclusion in the necral landscapes. It looks at spatial arrangements produced by pet mortuary rituals that symbolize the relationships between human and nonhuman animals, as well as the boundaries—physical, legal, and spiritual—that pet mortuary rites draw to contrast the species or cross to blur their differences. Finally, the book discusses the ways in which various kinds of animal mortuary rites symbolically reify the ontological distinctions between pets and other nonhuman animals.

Keywords:   culture industry, pet mortuary rites, Japan, necrogeography, pet memorial rites, religious rituals, pets, nonhuman animals, animal mortuary rites

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