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Bones of Contention Animals and Religion in Contemporary Japan

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ISBN-10: 082483674X

ISBN-13: 9780824836740

Edition: 2012

Authors: Barbara R. Ambros

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Since the 1990s the Japanese pet industry has grown to a trillion-yen business with 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. 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.
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Book details

List price: $29.00
Copyright year: 2012
Publisher: University of Hawaii Press
Publication date: 9/30/2012
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 280
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.25" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 0.946
Language: English

Barbara R. Ambros is Associate Professor of Religious Studies at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She is the author of Bones of Contention: Animals and Religion in Contemporary Japan and Emplacing a Pilgrimage: The Oyama Cult and Regional Religion in Early Modern Japan.

List of Illustrations
Acknowledgments
Introduction
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
Epilogue
Notes
Glossary
Bibliography
Index