Midieval Japan

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Shinto

"way of the gods", ancestor worship, worshipping nature, worship of Sun, emperor worship, emphasized harmony with nature

Bathing

sacred part of worship in medieval Japan

Kana

Japanese writing

Daimyos

warlords/rulers rather than the imperial family

Samuri's loyalty

what the daimyo's power depended on

Samuri

means "servant", no desire for wealth or power

Honor

what samuri wanted rather than monetary wealth

Bushi

warrior/ another meaning of samuri

Martial arts mastered by Samuri

hand to hand combat, archery, horsemanship, swordsmanship

Bushido

code of conduct for samuri

Seppuku

ritualized suicide: disembowel oneself and then have fellow samuri cut off head: this was done to regain honor after humiliation

Zen Buddhism, Confucionism, Shinto

sources for bushido that emphasized simple life

Meditations

Samuri engaged in this frequently and at length in order to maintain mental toughness and focus in battle

Shogunate

most powerful daimyos in Japan

Minamoto

first shogun in Japan

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