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Asceticism and the Pursuit of Death by Warriors and Monks

By Ken Jeremiah, M.A.




Asceticism and the Pursuit of Death by Warriors and Monks

Martial art practitioners, in an effort to utilize inner energy and to eliminate fear, often turn to ascetic discipline. An extreme for some is the practice of self-mummification. Approximately twenty individuals in Japan have successfully mummified themselves by means of ascetic discipline and special diets. The frame of mind developed while preparing for their deaths is the same mind-set that warriors strive to attain.

SOURCE: Journal of Asian Martial Arts, Vol. 16 No. 2 (2007): 16 pages.


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