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samurai religion

airfix2003

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hi can anybody please tell me which religion the samurai practiced.the reason for htis is that i am decorating my flat in the desighn and whant to make sure i do it correctley.

many thanks
 

Himura

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Most samurai, I think, where Shintou. Before an important battle they prayed to "Hachiman", the God of war. ^^
 

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thank you for this it is of great help to me.can anybody tell me if there is a statue if the god af war and where i can find out more information on this.
 

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Depending on the time period, a lot of samurai subscribed to Zen Buddhism as well. I am intrigued by your decoration efforts. Do you mean one corner of your flat with perhaps a scroll? If you are going for samurai living quarters, your decore will be very spartan in nature.
 

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hi and thankyou it is one part of my flat mainly the entrance area up the stairs and the hall way where i would like to plaace a type of shrine in one part of the hall way where the 3 doors to other rooms meet.any suggestions on this would be gratefully received
 

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thankyou fro your help i am also looking for phrases that i can paint on the wall if any body can help with this it would be great.
 

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You could paint this Samurai Kanji on your wall:



Or you could paint this Zen Kanji on your wall:



Or you could paint them both on your wall to say "Samurai Zen"



In Gassho, Kakuzen
 

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on the other hand in the meiji restauration shintoism has been stressed as the emperors (the native) religion- so that it could be supposed that buddhism was quite strong under the edo bakufu as well....
 

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The 2 main religions of that time are still the 2 main religions of Japan. Shinto and Buddhism. Most likely they were one of the 2.
 

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Good point Mandylion-san. There has always been a good mixing of the 2 religions in most Japanese families, especially back then.
 

samuraitora

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They are a good balance for each other, well, from what I know of either of them. I need to find a good thread in the archives. Moyashi-sensei posted something great about a year ago...I will try to find it and revive it.
 
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