Samurai

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  • Chinese: Those who serve in close attendance to nobility in both Chinese and Japanese.

Most Japanese samurai (or bushi) are bound by bushido - the way of the warrior - stressing the concepts such as loyalty to one's master, self discipline and respectful, ethical behavior. Bushido teaches that a katana carries the soul of the samurai, and the sword is a symbol of being samurai. However, the prime weapon of the samurai was the bow and it remained unchanged until the introduction of gunpowder and the musket. Although samurai could fight from horseback - and shooting the bow from horseback is an important Shinto ceremony - most samurai have fought on foot. Some samurai organized dragoons as part of their troops.

Originally samurai were the mercenary guards of the imperial palace and noble clans, saburai - servants, but being the only ones carrying arms gave them an advantage. By promising protection and gaining political influence through political marriages they amassed power, eventually surpassing the ruling aristocrats to form the samurai-dominated bakufu of the shogun, especially in the Nisei lands of the Amerikas. Samurai armor and swords were adopted by the Méxica.

The concept of the samurai was also spread across Oceania and south to the Austral landmass, being adopted by the Oroist Sharku.

Much like the western knight by the 18th century the equipment and armor of the samurai has been modified by the introduction of firearms. The distinctive samurai helmet (the kabuto and mempo face mask) remains unchanged.

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