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The Samurais The Ultimate Stoics For seven centuries the Samurai were Japans warrior class As a class of warriors and knights they dominated society in feudal Japan Their code or Way of the warrior bushidoHistory of the Samurai-wwwcalled for a life of duty discipline and self control on and as well as off the battlefield History of the World- Houghton Mifflin Company- Boston288 His loyalty and bravery to his lord was much more important than his loyalty to his friends family and even their emperor Their philosophy was one of freedom from fearWorld Surfari-www and for these reasons The Samurai were the ultimate stoic warriors The word samurai was derived from the Japanese word for service saburauGrolier Electronic Publishing 1993 for they served their masters faithfully They would die if necessary for them The Daimyo or feudal landowners used the samurai to protect their land and to expand their rights to more land The Samurai would transcend their fear of death this made them the stoic warriors that they were As experts in fighting on horseback as well as on the ground they wore two swords This was called DaishoWorld Surfari-www The long sword was called the daito-katenaIbid It was more than twenty four inches long The shorter sword was called shoto wakizashi It was between twelve to twenty four inchesIbid Their swords were the souls of the worship A good sword was tougher and sharper The swords were tested before they were used by the samurai The sword tester used the new blades to cut through corpses and bodies of condemned criminalsWorld Surfari-www The test results were put on the nakago the small metal piece on the sword blade or handleIbid Another weapon the nagita was used by a foot soldier on a horseman The foot soldier would cut the tendons of the horse and disembowel them The samurai
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