Monday, May 23, 2011

[Info] Real 47 Ronin - (1) The Code of Samurai

"Real 47 Ronin" are group of posts to present you the real story of the 47 Ronin. So enjoy them :)

One of the most important thing for westerners to fully appreciate the story of the 47 Ronin, is to understand the psychological, philosophical and spiritual foundations of the warrior class in ancient Japan: Bushido.

In Feudal Japan, Samurai devoted their lives to Bushido, a strict, unwritten code of living, teaching moral principles and values like loyalty, courage, honor and self-discipline.

Samurai had a very intimate relation with death and were taught to constantly think about it. This stoic, yet fully realistic mental attitude added a new dimension to the Samurai's life, by allowing them to fully appreciate life and the things they enjoy and love the most.

According to Bushido, if a Samurai lose his honor or was about to lose it, he could regain it by performing seppuku (often called 'hara-kiri' in the Western world) a form of ritual suicide. Whether chosen by the Samurai itself or ordered as an honorable form of capital punishment, seppuku was preferred to a dishonorable death at the hands of an enemy. It was also a demonstration of the Samurai loyalty, courage and honor.

Coming up Next >> The beginning of the Ako Incident, Spirit of Bushido.

All info can be seen and read in the following link, but I'll bring more and more about the real story in separate posts.


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