Monday, November 2, 2009

What Is a SAMURAI?


Samurai is the term for the elite class of military officers before the era of industrialization in Japan. The word "samurai" is derived from the verb "samorau" ancient Japanese origin, changed to "saburau" which means "serve", and eventually became "samurai" who worked as a waitress for the employer.

A more appropriate term is Bushi (literally: "armed men") that is used during the Edo period. However, the term used for samurai warrior elite of society, and not for example, ashigaru or foot soldiers. Samurai are not tied to the clan or working for the employer (the daimyo) is called a ronin (literally: "the wave"). Samurai who served in the region called hanshi han.

Samurai using several kinds of weapons, but the katana is a weapon that is identical with their existence, the Bushido teaches that the katana is the samurai spirit and is sometimes described as that of a samurai is very dependent on the katana in combat. They believe that the katana is very important in giving honor and a part of life. The name for the katana is not known until the mass Kamakura (1185-1333), before the Japanese sword was known as a tachi and uchigatana, And the katana itself is not a primary weapon until the Edo mass.