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Medieval Japan

Questions and Answers to medieval japanese questions.
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Tamara Smith

on 5 December 2012

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Question and Answer to questions about Medieval Japan Medieval Japan Explain the Japanese punishments of crime. As towns grew throughout japan, a system of police
and courts developed. Magistrates were often samurai.
Suspects would be surrounded by four ladders and
long spears would be used to threaten them. All
suspect had to be taken alive. tying up a suspect
with great speed became a valued skill. Punishments The death penalty was given for the crimes of murder,
robbery and sometimes adultery. anyone who committed a arson (setting fire to buildings) was burnt alive. Samurai convicted of such crimes were given a choice of committing suicide or being executed.
The next most severe punishment was to be banished. The distance a person was sent away depended on the seriousness of crime. another punishment was house arrest. Sometimes women were punished by having their hair shaved off. People were not put into prison as punishment. Prisons were only used to keep the prisoner until the sentence was decided. Explain the roles of a women in the Japanese society. For a girl to reach womanhood, it is a women's destiny for her to move to a new home and live in submission to her father in-law. 6 reasons for divorce 1)For disobedience to her father-in-law or mother-in-law.
2)If the women fails to bear children.
3)Lewdness
4)Jealously
5)Leprosy or any like foul disease
6)By talking too much and prattling disrespectfully, disturbs the harmony of kinsmen and brings trouble on her household.
Explain the roles of a Medieval Japan samurai. Regardless of the changes to their role, they still wore their armour for ceremonies and the long and short curve swords remained a powerful symbol of their special place in Japanese history. Samurai were originally part-time soldiers who owned farms and lived in villages. However in the 16th century new laws forced them to move to the castle towns. They lived closest to the castle because they were in the lord’s service and had to be ready to defend his castle at a moment’s notice. Their duties include practicing military skills, graduation castle entrances and helping the daimyo govern his domain. Craftspeople and merchants lived further away from the castle and farmers lived in nearby villages. After Tokugawa leyasu came to power the samurai became a kind of peace keeping force. This is because this period in Japanese history was more peaceful than the age of the warring country. The samurai out down the revolts or rebellions and even worked as government admiration. Their duties varied from guarding castles to working as high level advisors to daimyo.
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