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History Rōnin (浪人)

Rōnin (浪人) – a samurai without a lord or master during the feudal period (1185–1868) of Japan.



In feudal Japan (1185–1868), a rōnin 浪人, 'drifter' or 'wanderer', lit. 'a person of the waves') was a type of samurai who has no lord or master. A samurai becomes a rōnin upon the death of his master, or after the loss of his master's favour or legal privilege. In modern Japanese usage, usually, the term is used to describe a salaryman who is unemployed or a secondary school graduate who has not yet been admitted to the university.



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Society  Ronin

Ronin (浪人, lit. “wave-man”) were masterless samurai in feudal Japan (1168-1868). The term was coined in the Nara (710-794) and Heian periods (794-1185) and was initially applied to serfs who had fled or deserted their master’s land. Samurai became rōnin when their masters passed away when...

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