The Samurai and the Sacred

The Samurai and the Sacred

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The samurai were celebrated warriors, but they were also deeply spiritual men whose religious beliefs sustained and inspired their forays into battle. In this entirely original work, Stephen Turnbull, a leading authority on Japanese history and author of more than 50 books, reveals the soul of the samurai in a thoughtful exploration of the religions and philosophies that motivated them. Drawing inspiration from all manners of belief systems - from Japan's mainstream religions of Shinto andBuddhism, to Confucianism, Christianity, and Folk Religion - the samurai were fascinating men who often valued their honor above their lives.
THE SAMURAI AND THE SACRED is strikingly illustrated with lavish Japanese prints and vibrant photographs. A provocative study, it includes chapters on martial arts, modern militarism, the cult of the sword, revenge, suicide, hara kiri and kamikaze pilots. THE SAMURAI AND THE SACRED is a compelling read that provides insight into Japanese culture, philosophy, and warfare.

Publisher: Oxford : Osprey Pub., 2006.
ISBN: 9781846030215
Branch Call Number: 355.30952
Characteristics: 224 p. : col. ill. ; 25 cm.


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