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15 terms

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