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The Kamikazi pilots were acting within their Shinto religious beliefs - that it was honorable to deliberately sacrifice your life in defense of your emperor and country. And Seppuku was an honorable way for a Samurai to die under the code of bushido in certain circumstances. In Homer's  Odyssey Ajax goes mad when Odysseus is awarded Achilles' armor and kills the Achean's flocks. Disgraced, he falls on his own sword. It was not considered a 'sin' by the Greeks, who didn't, as far as I know, at that time have any concept such as sin. I suspect suicide is more acceptable in strongly honor code based societies.
 

As the Dutch said while fighting the Spanish: "It is not necessary to have hope in order to persevere." (But it helps!)
by ARGeezer (ARGeezer a in a circle eurotrib daught com) on Sun Jun 5th, 2016 at 04:53:14 PM EST
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