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From Boy to Man The Life of a Samurai Becoming a Samurai is a selective process that begins as an infant growing into a man and forming into a warrior The traditional Samurai warrior first appeared in 646AD It lasted until 1867AD The word Samurai is taken from the verb samurau which means to serve The word Samurai was used in the early Middle Ages in Japan to indicate the soldiers on guard duty at the emperors palace The Samurai made up a leading class in Japanese society The Samurai consisted of about 6 of the population The Samurai went through a grueling training process They were trained in the way of the bow and horse They were skilled archers who fought on horseback The Samurai were Japans central source of power It was continuous for hundreds of years Towards the 1800s the Samurais power began to decline They were without jobs homes and even their most prized possession the sword They had to sell all their possessions to make enough money to feed themselves each day Poverty had struck the Samurai and Japan as a whole The reason behind this is that buying weapons and making armor for Japans warriors was costly Enough to put Japan into debt Then the powerful force of the westerners came onto Japans soil They introduced a new religion to Japan Christianity Christianity was a strange new religion for them Soon Christian banners and large wooden crosses began appearing on the walls Shinto Japans main religion started to fall and Christianity began to rise This marked the end of the Samurais military role in Japan The Samurai era eventually died out The Samurais life is an enduring process of training praying and protecting from birth until death In Japan the idea that a baby had been
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