Misconceptions between Samurai’s of Japan and the Knights of Medieval Europe

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Two noticeable classes of warriors appeared during the time of feudalism in Europe and in Japan. These were classified as the Samurai's of Japan and the Knights of Medieval Europe. Both were great warriors known for their courage and sacrificed themselves for the protection of their lords. Both were affected by the growth in technology which ultimately guided to their demise. Although the historical documents depict Japanese samurai and medieval knights had the same concept of spending their entire lives preparing for war at a young age, in reality both differed in many ways. Due to the fact that they are in different places in the world they were traditionally and culturally different. The knights and samurai’s followed different religion …show more content…
Two noticeable classes of warriors appeared during the time of feudalism in Europe and in Japan. These were classified as the Samurai's of Japan and the Knights of Medieval Europe. Both were great warriors known for their courage and sacrificed themselves for the protection of their lords. Both were affected by the growth in technology which ultimately guided to their demise. Although the historical documents depict Japanese samurai and medieval knights had the same concept of spending their entire lives preparing for war at a young age, in reality both differed in many ways. Due to the fact that they are in different places in the world they were traditionally and culturally different. The knights and samurai’s followed different religion and they also had different concept of ethical codes. Both samurai and knights were influenced by different code of honor, education, weapons, and armor. Similarity is often drawn between the samurai’s of Japan and European medieval knights, but both are not exactly identical.
While religion played a significant part in Samurai of Japan history, the importance of religion didn't hold in Europe during that time. Samurai practiced Buddhism or Shintoism, while the knights mostly practiced Christianity. The Shinto is a traditional Japanese religion and is based upon ancient traditions and devotion to their culture. It uplifted cooperation among Japanese people for the benefit of the whole nation. To the samurai this was the way of life. They
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