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Disembowelment is evisceration, or the removing of some or all of vital organs, usually from the abdomen. The results are, in virtually all cases, fatal. It has historically been used as a severe form of capital punishment. The last organs to be removed were invariably the heart and lungs so as to preserve the victim's life force for the full procedure. In biology, an organ (Latin: organum, instrument, tool) is a group of tissues, which perform a specific function or group of functions. ... The abdomen is a part of the body. ... It has been suggested that Capital punishment debate be merged into this article or section, because the split violates the Wikipedia:Content forking guideline. ...

(In France, the punishment of being "drawn" refers to being conveyed to the place of execution.)

  • In England, the punishment of being "hanged, drawn, and quartered" referred to the practice of hanging a man from the neck (but not until dead), disemboweling him, and dividing the body into pieces. Women, for modesty's sake, were instead burned alive.
  • In the Netherlands the vierendelen (literally "to divide in four"), a practice where the arms and legs were tied to horses and the abdomen was sliced open.This punishment was meant exclusively for the punishing of a person who had committed regicide. This type of punishment was abolished in 1936.
  • In Japan, disembowelment also formed part of the method of execution of samurai. In killing themselves by this method, they were deemed to be free from the dishonor resulting from their crimes. The most common form of disembowelment was referred to in Japanese as seppuku (where the term "hara-kiri" is regarded as vulgar), involving two cuts across the abdomen, almost always followed by beheading. In the English language, hara-kiri and seppuku are synonyms.

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