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Bones of Contention: Animals and Religion in Contemporary Japan

Barbara R. Ambros


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. This book investigates what religious and intellectual traditions constructed animals as subjects of religious rituals and how pets have been included or excluded in the ne ... More

Keywords: pet funeral, Japan, pet industry, pets, pet cemeteries, Buddhist temples, Buddhist mortuary rites, Japanese religions, pet mortuary rites

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9780824836269
Published to Hawaii Scholarship Online: November 2016 DOI:10.21313/hawaii/9780824836269.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Barbara R. Ambros, author
University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill