The Importance of the Samurai

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Why Were the Samurai Important?

The samurai (or bushi) were the warriors of premodern Japan.They made up the ruling military class that eventually became the highest ranking social caste of the Edo Period(1603-1867).

Samurai were supposed to lead their lives according to the ethic code of bushido ("the way of the warrior").

They were quite important because they protected their lord and the people from enemy samurai or the mongols. By them following their code they had a great impact on the people because they liked how they were which made people have great respect for each other.

Not many knew that Samurai were both men and women but most were men.

The Samurai also had a great and deadly weapons use to defend and protect. Early samurai were archers, fighting on foot or horseback with extremely long bows, yumi. They used swords mainly for finishing off wounded enemies.After the Mongol invasions of 1272 and 1281, the samurai began to make more use of swords, as well as poles topped by curved blades called naginata, and spears.Samurai warriors wore two swords, together called daisho - "long and short." The katana, a curved blade over 24 inches long, was suitable for slashing, while the wakizashi, at 12-24 inches, was used for stabbing. In the late 16th century, non-samurai were forbidden to wear the daisho. Samurai also wore full body armor and a horned helmet.

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