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The samurai is a part of a warrior class in Japan The samurai formed a one of a kind class The samurai wore two swords as a symbol of their caste In 1867 the last shogun resigned and the samurai class lost its privileges in 1871 when the whole feudal system was wiped out During that time the practice of wearing swords was prohibited In 1878 the name samurai was changed to kwazoki nobility or shizokuThe way of the warrior called the Bushido was a code of the ethnics observed by the samurai of feudal Japan Bushido was based on virtues such as rectitude endurance frugality courage politeness veracity and especially loyal ruler and country Only through the exercise of these could a samurai keep his honor If the samurai forfeited the virtues he would be compelled to commit suicide by hara-kiri Fully developed by the late 12th century Bushido became a written code in the 16th century When feudalism was wiped away about mid-19th century the code was forgottenThe Ronin were a class of masterless samurai who had lost their place in the normal loyalty pattern of the Japanese feudal society Samurai could become ronin for different reasons such as the death of their lord their own transgressions or loss in battle The famous incident of the 47 ronin occurred in the early 1700s after their lord had been first insulted beyond endurance and then having attempted to redress his grievances was ordered to commit suicide the 47 ronin plotted to avenge him but in so doing forfeited their own lifeHara-Kiri was the Japanese practice of ceremonious suicide by cutting their belly or otherwise known as disembowlment The term is also used to signify any suicide performed for the sake of personal honor Hara-Kiri originated in feudal Japan when it was used by the samurai to avoid the dishonor of capture by their enemies As practiced by persons of all
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