Honor more than life: like the samurai in Japan did harakiri

A stunning series of vintage photographs shows the life of Japanese samurai warriors 130 years ago. Among the photographs are those which show the harakiri, aka seppuku. It was used by warriors who wanted to die, saving the honor, or voluntarily, or when they are in captivity of the enemy.

Ceremonial release of gut was actually part of a more complex ritual and was performed in the presence of the audience. On one of the pictures a young samurai pierces his stomach rolled.

Honor more than life: like the samurai in Japan did harakiri

Honor more than life: like the samurai in Japan did harakiri

The soldiers watching harakiri samurai in white.

Honor more than life: like the samurai in Japan did harakiri

Samurai doing harakiri or seppuku — ritual suicide by releasing the intestines.

Honor more than life: like the samurai in Japan did harakiri

A group of samurai in ancient armor and arms, circa 1870.

Honor more than life: like the samurai in Japan did harakiri

The made and painted Felice Beato: women in a traditional Japanese shop, the end of XIX century.

Honor more than life: like the samurai in Japan did harakiri

One of the first war photographers, Venetian Felice Beato took this picture about 1862.

Honor more than life: like the samurai in Japan did harakiri

A group of samurai, circa 1890. Illustration of the booklet "In Japan: the characters, costumes and customs".

Honor more than life: like the samurai in Japan did harakiri

Samurai in traditional attire and shoes blowing into a sea shell.

Honor more than life: like the samurai in Japan did harakiri

Three Japanese samurai in full regalia.

Honor more than life: like the samurai in Japan did harakiri

Bright traditional armor and old weapons on the samurai, circa 1890.

Keywords: 18+ | XIX century | Retro | Retro photo | Suicide | Tradition | Honor | Japan | Japanese

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