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Warrior Cultures The Samurai Through the ages every culture has had their warriors These warriors have defended and fought for their land homes countries and deeply held beliefs either political or spiritual The samurai were self-proclaimed warriors The members achieve their reputations by fighting even killingBohannan 1992 Perhaps the most interesting warrior cultures in the world is that of the Japanese Samurai Japan has a history that dates back thousands of years Scientists believe the Japanese people descended from many groups that migrated to the islands from other parts of Asia including China and Korea Fishermen hunters and farmers inhabited the Japanese islands Scientists believe a Caucasian race called the Ainu were the first inhabitants of what is now Japan The Ainu still exist today mostly in the northernmost islands of Japan called Hokkaido Japanese cultural changed involving the people known as Yayoi The Yayoi were mostly farmers Scientists believe the present-day Japanese closely resemble the Yayoi in appearance and language War played a central part in the history of Japan Warring clans controlled much of the country A chief headed each clan made up of related families The chiefs were the ancestors of Japans imperial family The wars were usually about land Only 20 of the land were fit for farming Cook 1994 The struggle for control of that land eventually gave rise to the Samurai The samurai rose out of the continuing battles for land Ancient Yayoi warriors developed weapons armour and a code during the ensuing centuries that became the center piece for the Japanese SamuraiBlomberg 1994 Early weapons included bows arrows and swords Armour included a helmet that protected head and neck a breastplate that protected the chest arm and shoulder protectors and a belly wrap Later armour included protection for the legs and thighs Armour changed as the type of battles changed A big change that occurred was when horses were introduced to Japan Another change that
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