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Gotai is a Japanese cultural practice regarding the intactness of the body, both in life and death, and has its roots in Confucianism. It is believed that the soul is directly influenced by the welfare of the body, and alteration to the body will directly influence or disrupt soul.[1]

The notion is the bases for much of the Japanese reluctance to use implants or have surgery, to the point that earrings are traditionally frowned upon.[2]

Notes

  1. Ohnuki-Tierney, Emiko, and Bridie Andrews. "The reduction of personhood to brain and rationality? Japanese contestation of medical high technology." Western Medicine as Contested knowledge. Ed. Andrew Cunningham. 212-40. Mancester University Press. 15 June 2009 <http://www.anthropology.wisc.edu/Ohnuki-Tierney/files/1997-reduction.pdf>.
  2. Ohnuki-Tierney, Emiko, and Bridie Andrews. "The reduction of personhood to brain and rationality? Japanese contestation of medical high technology." Western Medicine as Contested knowledge. Ed. Andrew Cunningham. 212-40. Mancester University Press. 15 June 2009 <http://www.anthropology.wisc.edu/Ohnuki-Tierney/files/1997-reduction.pdf>.
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