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Onna Bugeisha

In ancient Japan, there was a tradition of training some of their women in the combat arts including Archery and sword fighting. These women were known as Onna Bugeisha, which literally translates as Warrior Woman.

In contrast with the women samurai, the Onna Bugeisha were trained to protect entire villages and communities, not only the family property, primarily if there was a lack of “manpower.” When everything was well in place, these women remained in the household, also fulfilling the usual roles that women had in the home.

If for instance, a samurai had no son to pass down his knowledge to and instead a daughter, the father reserved the right to train his daughters as full-time onna bugeisha.

Although not very often, it sometimes happened that the onna bugeisha indeed behaved like a samurai. They had the strength to fight with two swords in their hands, and they were also enlisted to serve in the army of a daimyo, side by side with a vast majority of male samurais.

One example of an Onna Bogeisha was Tomoe Gozen.
Gozen had supposedly fought in the Genpei War, a confrontation between two rival clans of Japan, the events of which had unfolded somewhere in the latter part of the 12th century. During the battles, she earned a reputation as a fearless warrior, who would after that, become a symbol of a female heroine in traditional Japanese culture. Some of her deeds included leading an army of no more than 300 samurais in a battle against an army of 2,000. Allegedly, she was among the last survivors, and she managed to decapitate a prominent fighter from the adversary clan.

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mtdana   [Apr 14, 2019 at 11:39 PM]
Fantastic archer!!!
sidherose   [Apr 14, 2019 at 03:46 PM]
Tomoe Gozen was indeed an amazing warrior! Nicely done :)
koonak   [Apr 14, 2019 at 09:46 AM]
A wonderful representaion of the subject.
cjn   [Apr 14, 2019 at 09:26 AM]
cool tatou

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