Historical Background



This chapter provides an overview of the history of Japanese whaling and clarifies the differences between classical whaling and modern whaling. Then, the chapter examines the spiritual roots and cultural background of Japanese classical whaling. In so doing, it analyzes how and why Japanese religious beliefs, such as Shintoism and Buddhism, have affected Japanese views of whales and whaling, which are marked by reverence for life and benevolence for life and death.

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  1. 1.PrincetonUSA

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