By Stephen Turnbull Osprey
From the tenth to the mid-17th century, non secular firms performed an immense half within the social, political and armed forces existence in Japan. often called sohei ('monk warriors') or yamabushi ('mountain warriors'), the warrior clergymen have been whatever yet peaceable and meditative, and have been a powerful enemy, armed with their targeted, long-bladed naginata. The fortified cathedrals of the Ikko-ikki rivalled Samurai castles, and withstood lengthy sieges. This identify follows the way of life, education, motivation and wrestle studies of the warrior clergymen from their first point out in advert 949 via to their suppression by means of the Shogunate within the years following the Sengoku-jidai interval.
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