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Is there any known correlation with China's high suicide rate and the belief in reincarnation?

I am aware that these individuals are under extreme emotional/physical/mental stress, however is there any known correlation with the belief in reincarnation that also influences their decision to commit suicide?

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  1. Err…wouldn’t reincarnation make suicide rather pointless? I mean all that would happen is you wake up crapping your pants, but still with a crappy life.

  2. There are probably many factors. Japan also has a high suicide rate, probably due to their emphasis on “bringing dishonour to the family” or something. Might be something like that in China.

  3. Hey you :). I haven’t seen you in forever.
    Anyways, I don’t think there’s a correlation with their suicide rate and their belief in reincarnation.
    Do you know if the majority who commit suicide are students?
    Schooling in China is very competitive, intense, and there’s a lot of pressure which drives them to commit suicide…my dad reads the Chinese newspaper and talks about it all the time.

  4. I’ve never heard of any research on the subject (and I’m quite sure China wouldn’t go for any) but it’s an interesting correlation. Based on what I know of Asian philosophy (which is admittedly limited, so be warned) I would suspect that they may NOT believe in reincarnation. I believe that those who do believe in Asian reincarnation philosophies also believe they must live this life and do better in order to get a better life next time. So suicide would probably stick you back in a miserable situation. It’s just a guess on my part, but I suspect they simply think that when they die it’s all over. It’s so sad that people, and many of them are young people, see no hope at all. I’ve been very depressed, and close to suicide several times, so I know the pain they’re probably going through before they decide to end it all.

  5. i’m a chinese college student. i do not know about the high suicide rate in china. can you provide some statistics? because i do not know many such cases around me.
    but one thing i’m sure of — few of us has real belief in reincarnation any more. all of us learn science at class and reincarnation is just part of our traditional religion.

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