One of the most intriguing cultures from our past were the Samurai of Feudal Japan. From daimyo to ronin to samurai, being a warrior in feudal Japan was more than just a job, it was a way of life. Appropriately called the Warring States period, the collapse of aristocratic rule ushered in a new age of chaos in which military strength dictated who ruled and who followed. The iconic samurai warriors, also known as bushi, embraced a mentality and lifestyle that later became known as the Way of the Warrior. This system was a rigid value system of discipline and honor that required them to live and die in the service of their lords.
If commanded, true bushi were expected to give their lives without hesitation. Cowardice, dishonor, defeat, and any form of disgrace reflected poorly on the lord and was reason enough for a Samurai to commit suicide by seppuku, or ritual disembowelment. In exchange for this unwavering devotion, the lord provided the samurai with protection, financial security, and social status. The Samurai swore steadfast loyalty to their immediate masters in the chain of command, however, this was not always a simple task. Shifting alliances and battle outcomes forced the samurai to decide between obeying the daimyô or following their more immediate lord. The armor and art of feudal Japan is among some of the most intricate and beautiful in existence. Enjoy a visual tour of feudal Japan.
About the Author: Andrew is the founder and editor in chief of Lost Origins. He is also the host of the radio show that falls under the same moniker. Andrew has been researching ancient mysteries, alternative historical theories, and lost civilizations for over fifteen years and founded Lost Origins to provide a sounding board for authors and researchers to share their theories and concepts with the world. Andrew is currently working to complete two manuscripts that explore several ancient mysteries. He lives in Denver with his family.