Obligatory Suicide

(redirected from Ritualistic Suicide)
A suicide completed because the victim felt a personal duty to perform the act to honour the family
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With a title taken from the Japanese word for ritualistic suicide it was never going to be a light, fluffy affair but the multi-instrumentalist songsmith and political activist has such agitating feel to his edge-of-hysteria vocals and granite rock that he just may scare his main targets - 'abusive capitalists' - half to death.
Ralph Story argues that Smith was "committing revolutionary suicide--an idea which most Western readers and even some contemporary Japanese have had a hard time embracing despite the fact that in Japanese culture the idea of ritualistic suicide has long been considered both noble and manly" (149).
Ovid's narrative is in the line of the ritualistic suicides described before.