Samurai Project By alexy Benitez

The rise of military society

JAPAN BECAME A MILITARY SOCIETY WHEN EMPERORS LOST POWER, AND MILITARY LEADERS(SHOGUN AND DAIMYOS) TOOK OVER.

Shogun was the most important daimyo, and the actual ruler of Japan. Samurai are japans warriors and they vowed to fight for there lord, even if it meant not being able to protect their family.

Samurai Armor, Weapons and Fighting

a samurai went into battle dressed in a heavy armor . Under the armor they wore a colorful robe called a limo and baggy trousers. There shin guards were made of leather or clothes protected there legs.

A Samurai fought with bows and arrows, spears, and swords . A samurai's wooden bow could be up to eight feet long . Such long bows took great strength to use. In battle, sharpshooters on horseback rode toward each other, pulling arrows from the quivers on their backs and firing them at the enemy.

Learning the skills of a samurai required extensive training . Young samurai were apprenticed to archery masters who taught them mental and physical techniques. Samurai practiced until they could shoot accurately without thinking. They also learned to breathe properly and to shoot at their enemies while riding on the back of a galloping horse.

Samurai Training and the Warrior code (Bushido and other values)

Samurai were expected to be students of culture as well as fierce warriors.

Samurai were trained physically and mentally. Young samurai went for days without eating and marched barefoot in snow on long journeys. They also had to overcome the fear of death by thinking of themselves as already dead.

Bushido is a code known as "The Way of the Warrior." The code of Bushido governed a samurais life . It is called on samurai to be honest, fair, and fearless in the face of death. Samurai were expected to value loyalty and personal honor even more than there lives..

Samurai were also expected to be loyal to there lord and would even gladly die for himself if his lord was murdered, a samurai might avenge his death.

The price for falling to live up to the code for Bushido was ritual suicide, known as seppuku. Reasons to seppuku were in luring preserving personal honor and avoiding capture in battle. Samurai might also perform seppuku to atone for a crime, a shameful deed, or an insult to a person of higher rank.

Spiritual training

Amida Buddhism Is a popular form of a monk named Honen . These Buddhist believed that all people could reach paradise. Honen taught that believers could reach paradise by relying on the mercy of Amida Buddha.

Zen Buddhism is another form of Buddhism, zen appealed to many samurai beacause of its emphasison effort and discipline . Unlike Amida, Zen stressed self reliance and achieving enlightenment through meditation.

Women in Samurai Society

Women were treated as interior to their husbands. Overtime in the 12th century samurai women enjoyed considerable status.

Life in the 12th century for a women was enjoyable for them. A samurai's wife helped manage the household and promote the family's interest. When her husband died, she could inherit his property and perform the duties of a vassal.

Life in the 17th century for a women was getting worse. As the warrior culture developed, women's position weakened. By the 17century, samurai men were the unquestioned lords of their house holds. According to one saying, when young , women should obey their fathers; when grown, their husbands;and when old, their sons.

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