Tuesday, November 29, 2005

Weird Japanese Historical Factoid

I can't find any referrences for this (except for the historical fiction book, The 47 Ronin Story by John Allyn, that I read it in) but, if true, it's pretty crazy. Apparently Shogun Tsuyanoshi, distressed at the death of his heir and his lack of success at siring a new one, enacted the Life Preservation Laws in the hopes of bettering his karma or something. This law would thrill PETA: it outlawed (on pain of death, in some cases) the taking of any life, including that of an animals. Since all animals, even vermin, were included, this made agriculture somewhat problematic.

Like I said, though, the only source I can find for this is the above-mentioned book, so it might be an invention of the other.

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