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Who was Tomoe Gozen?
Transcript of Who was Tomoe Gozen?
How did Tomoe Gozen represent her time period?
Tomoe Gozen had advanced skills with edged weapons such as sword, a spear, and things like a bow. Tomoe also had great skills with horse breaking.
What is a samurai?
Tomoe Gozen and the Genpai war. (1180-1185)
Tomoe Gozen and her "husband" participated in the genpai war. During one of the wars Tomoe was instructed the defend a bridge and it was told that she defended the bridge against dozens of warriors. Another story tells how she faught many warriors killing them one after another and then decapitated their leader and presented his head to Yoshinaka. It was told that when Yoshinaka was finally defeated he sent Tomoe Gozen away because he did not want her in his presence when he died. And when she found went out to the battlefield after war, she found his head and walked out to the ocean with it.
What if a Samurai failed to abide by the code of Bushido? Seppuku
When a warrior has failed to represent his master well, he would lose all respect and honor to himself and family. To regain honor, one must commit seppuku. Seppuku was a ritualistic way of commiting suicide to bring honor back to his family. What seppuku in is knealing down onto his knees, pulling out his short sword and then impaling himself on one side of the stomach slicing all the way to the other side revealing your inner body. This was believed to release the soul. This was when the kaishakunin came in play. A kaishakunin decapitated one after commiting seppuku to end the agony.
Culture of the Samurai...
The samurai followed the way of Bushido. Bushido was the way of the warrior and they must always abide by the rules (loyalty, courage, veracity[accuracy], compassion, and honor). This kept them as the most respectable warriors/people there were.
The samurai were a class of highly skilled warriors that originally came from 646 A.D. The samurai weild two swords. One being a short sword and one being a long sword. Samurai follow/ed the way of bushido.
Where were the women?
Where were the women? When looking back through history to the samurai period, you find information on mainly the men. But women were not solely excluded from history. Women were a huge part in making the world and even the samurai age the way it was. Women took care of the men, cooked, cleaned, and took care of the house when the man of the house was out at war.
How Tomoe Gozen represented her time period.
Tomoe Gozen represented her time period in a variety of ways. Not only during her time period in Japan warriors had women that lived in their house/s that were well, worth less than their wives that they used for pretty much a mistress. She was the concubine of Minamoto Yoshinaka. She had great fighting skills which she used to defend the house and wife/vs when Yoshinaka was at war. Her great skills earned her a spot as a female "samurai"
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