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The Culture Of The Way Of The Warrior And Its Influences

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Ever since humans have inhabited this Earth, human blood has been spilt and battles have been waged throughout history. Mankind has warred with itself, developing and honing lethal and efficient tactics, strategies and martial skills of and within war, all across the globe. But, yet few cultural societies have been so influenced by the practice of a martial arts system that said system lays foundation to cultural reformation. An evident example of a martial arts based cultural reformation can be seen in the rise and establishment of the militant class within feudal Japan. Bujutsu and Budo, feudal Japanese martial arts, provided an efficient and lethal martial arts system. These two martial ...view middle of the document...

This ideal permeated through the culture, resulting in moralistic militias and secular martial art teachings and or practices within China.
Eventually, Taoism expanded into Classical Japan, bringing with it various texts, including those based on secular martial teachings such as Sun Tzu’s Art of War. Taoism itself was never adopted as a religion within Classical Japan, but rather developed as a philosophy and educational tool; its philosophies were eventually aggregated into the Shinto religion of Japan. All the while, other esoteric studies, including various sects of Buddhism and Tantra, reached classical Japan, establishing a religious, as well as an academic, following. The teachings and practices of Taosim, Buddhism and Tantra were integrated into the education of the classical Japanese noble class.
During early Classical Japan, the majority of political power was held within the Imperial Court, which consisted of the ruling imperial family alongside several other aristocratic families. Most military power was held in the hands of the Imperial family, however during the Heian period, the Imperial court began loosing direct control of the military. As the Imperial family lost its central control over the military, various aristocratic families became the main controller and supplier of military strength. These families, along with various private groups, organized and gathered personal guards, which ultimately gave way to the rise of localized militias that would later be known as the bushi or samurai.
In the later years of the Heian Period of the Classic era, Japan's Imperial regime began to unravel. Political dissatisfaction towards the Imperial regime among...

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