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Before agriculture was introduced in Japan the population was mostly small groups hunters and gatherers Farming became widespread between 500 BC and 200 AD Only 20 of Japans land was farmable Because of the scarcity of farmable land the imperial court established the six-year Equal fields distribution practice Every six years the land was divided equally among the population Tax exemptions were granted to families who would reclaim land and support their own militias at their expense This was very expensive and only the powerful and wealthy families could afford to do this and were the only ones who benefited from these tax exemptions Other privileges that were granted to these families were that they were excluded from government inspection census and judicial affairs which turned them into almost completely independent estates These estates were known as shoen The number of shoen grew quickly and by the eleventh century they controlled more land than what was being taxed by the government Origins of the Samurai pg4 This led to a problem for the government It could no longer raise enough money to maintain a national army so the shoen began to raise their own Their armies began to grow in the ninth century These soldiers were named samurai which means men who serve The growth of farming drew people away from hunting and they had lost their hunting skills Some were naturally more talented at fighting and practiced to increase their fighting skills to become specialists when the shoen armies were being created Origins of the Samurai pg5 These warriors became the leaders of the samurai armies and as they fought battles against other families or clans they absorbed them and grew The samurai warriors had distinct characteristics and enjoyed many privileges Their power and influence grew and quickly they soon stood at the top of the social hierarchy They could kill lower people from something as small as being in
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