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Sex And The Samurai Done3


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  • Yes, but according to Dalai Lama, it is very far from original pure Buddhism. Wakashudo is still a misconduct in most of Buddhism teachings. I don't know about Zen, but Vajrayana would never do that if they want to go becoming Boddhisatva.
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Sex And The Samurai Done3

  1. 1. Sex and the Samurai
  2. 2. A brief History of the Samurai <ul><li>The samurai also known as the “Bushi” were Japanese military warriors who dominated politics, held high status in social culture while dominating economics of Japan, The Samurai who dominated during the twelfth and nineteenth centuries but are found in Japanese records dating back to the tenth century were warriors who lived by a strong code of honor called bushido, the code of the warrior (or Bushido) was the guidelines of a samurai consisting of seven virtues: Rectitude, Courage, Benevolence, Respect, Honesty/Trust, Honor, Loyalty. </li></ul><ul><li>The Samurai were more then just grunts and soldiers or expert warriors but some were poets devote religious patrons, talented calligraphers and some were scholars who would continuously look towards personal enlightenment. </li></ul><ul><li>The Samurai over time blended in with the modern culture from warriors on horseback with swords and bows fighting epic wars to a modernized bureaucrats who had little to no need for their combat skills what so ever. The dawn of westernization was the turning point to many of the Japanese traditions and styles of life. </li></ul>
  3. 3. The Samurai <ul><li>On the right is a Samurai in typical armor setup with traditional garbs and sword. </li></ul><ul><li>The Warriors of Japan </li></ul>
  4. 4. Samurai Marriage <ul><li>The Japanese samurai would have arranged weddings which would be mostly arranged by equal to higher ranking samurai. </li></ul><ul><li>The samurai would not get divorces or would rarely do so because of the embarrassment it would bring to the samurai who arranged it. </li></ul>
  5. 5. Shudo Tradition <ul><li>The Japanese tradition of Shudo which is an abbreviation of the word wakashudo. </li></ul><ul><li>The older person in the relationship was known as the nenja while the the young was known as the wakashu </li></ul><ul><li>WakaShudo “the way of the youth “ was the practice of samurai’s having relationships with apprentices. </li></ul><ul><li>Shudo was accepted as a samurai tradition and was encouraged to all grades of samurai from low ranking samurai to high ranking daimyo’s or feudal lord. </li></ul><ul><li>Wakashudo was believed to be a way to uphold a samurais morals and honor. </li></ul><ul><li>Shudo normally ended with the coming of age ceremony of young samurai and apprentices which was around age 18-19 in which they would then become the mentors to other apprentices and be the superior in the shudo style relationships. </li></ul><ul><li>Shudo was seen as beneficial for the youth providing him with virtue, honesty and appreciation for beauty. </li></ul>
  6. 6. <ul><li>Here we have a artistic depiction of Shudo with the senior samurai and the apprentice in the act of shudo. </li></ul>
  7. 7. History of Wakashu-do <ul><li>Wakashu-do or Shudo has many names in Japan, it is also known as nanshoku, bi-do (the beautiful way) </li></ul><ul><li>Kukai also known as Kobo Daishi is known as the founder of Wakashu-do also known as Shu in Japan. </li></ul><ul><li>Kukai learned “male/male love” from the Chinese who were well known for their homoerotic and homosexuality acceptance with man/boy love, man/man love and gay marriages. </li></ul><ul><li>Shudo was a Buddhist tradition long before being apart of the samurai. </li></ul><ul><li>Samurais that practiced Shudo were expected in later ages to get married and have children. </li></ul><ul><li>Shudo is often compared with the Greek pederasty in which the older men in their society took young boys before they became men as their homoerotic beings. </li></ul>
  8. 8. <ul><li>The Custom of Wakashu-do was a common act as seen here the art of shudo can be seen all throughout Japanese history. </li></ul><ul><li>It was viewed as normal and therefore was treated as anything else of “beauty” </li></ul>
  9. 9. <ul><li>Shudo has a long history and has change only in name, it can be seen in ancient records in the Greeks who practiced pederasty with the same idea of older men with adolescent boys. </li></ul><ul><li>The tradition of men with boys can be dated back to early Greek records during the Minoan civilization to the archaic period. </li></ul><ul><li>it was seen widespread to Rome and other cultures of the world </li></ul><ul><li>Here we see a Greek male fondling with a young boy as he comes back with a basket of goodies. </li></ul>
  10. 10. Who was affected by this custom? <ul><li>Shudo was practiced by Samurai who believed it to be healthy for the young men's morals and honor and Buddhist monks who say the same sex does not break the vow of chastity they swear by. </li></ul><ul><li>Samurai of all levels from low ranked samurai to Lords and shoguns had shudo relationships. </li></ul><ul><li>Shudo was practiced by older men and young boys. </li></ul><ul><li>Women were not included at all due to the belief that shudo was a male bond that a women would only feminize the young men </li></ul>
  11. 11. The Harm of Shudo <ul><li>The practice of shudo was to continue with a young man up until his coming of age but this would sometimes manifest into a life long love affair </li></ul><ul><li>Shudo was encouraged and therefore was a promotion of homosexuality for those that would probably not participate in the actions </li></ul>
  12. 12. Shudo can be most gently explained as accepted and encouraged homosexuality
  13. 13. The Benefits of Shudo <ul><li>Shudo in Japanese culture was seen as a male/male bond that would help a growing boy become a more in tune samurai. </li></ul><ul><li>The custom of Shudo was a promotion of appreciation of beauty among other things </li></ul><ul><li>The practice of Shudo would be a cultures custom of developing friendships and bonds for many of the samurai who would act in shudo relationships would more or less be on the same battle field of the apprentice upon reaching manhood and this would develop even stronger bonds then just simple lord and servant. </li></ul>
  14. 14. Shudo’s reason <ul><li>Shudo was viewed as a path to awakening. </li></ul><ul><li>A expression of affection between men. </li></ul><ul><li>When Shudo became mainstream beyond just samurai it was for simple pleasure. </li></ul>
  15. 15. The act and the culture <ul><li>Shudo is simply a cultural thing, either in belief that it mental stimulates the younger party or it’s seen as a person bond that the men of that culture should establish. </li></ul><ul><li>Samurai acted out shudo because they felt the bond between samurai elder and apprentice was stronger and it allowed for a special kind of growth. </li></ul><ul><li>Monks would perform shudo or man/boy loving simply because they swore off women but felt that sexual acts with the same sex were not forbidden so. </li></ul><ul><li>Lords would have young boys as their lovers and this would earn the boys praise. </li></ul><ul><li>It was seen as culturally acceptable for men of any status to be with boys. </li></ul>
  16. 16. Shudo in art
  17. 17. A Modern artistic view on Shudo, Shudo itself has died but it’s general idea of homosexuality still lives on although its more restricted then the past.
  18. 18. Shudo today <ul><li>With the steady expansion of westernized views, beliefs, culture system and Christianity wakashu-do is no longer practiced in it’s original form. </li></ul><ul><li>Homosexuality is more tolerated in Japan then many more westernized places. </li></ul><ul><li>Males are prohibited from man/boy love even though a man can have sex with a man if mutually agreed. </li></ul>
  19. 19. Final opinion <ul><li>The Japanese like many other cultures had their own custom that while may be viewed by outsiders as something not to be praised but something to be abolished, as either unethical or just immoral the idea is simply opinion and only matters to the culture that lives by it. </li></ul><ul><li>The Japanese samurai were men of great feat of power and honor, they demanded the respect that they would work so hard to earn while living a lifestyle that westernization would consider that of a “lesser man”. </li></ul><ul><li>The were accepted in their culture with their “beyond homosexual acts, they were encouraged to follow tradition with such acts and it was believed to be beneficial for both parties. </li></ul><ul><li>A culture can not be judged from the view that you have of it because your view is obscured and you do not see it as a whole picture but only one angle, but to understand someone else's culture however odd and wrong it may be you must see it from their eyes and then you may understand why they do what they do. </li></ul>
  20. 20. Resources <ul><li>The Beautiful way of the Samurai. The World of man love {online}. Available from: [cited 2007/11/03] </li></ul><ul><li>Tsuneo Watanabe & Junlchi Iwata. The Love of the Samurai: Thousand Years of Japanese Homosexuality. [text] Dec 31 1989 [cited 2007/11/03] </li></ul><ul><li>Wikipedia. Homosexuality in Japan. [online] 2007/10/23 Available from: [cited 2007/11/03] </li></ul><ul><li>Wikipedia. Shudo. [online[ 2007/09/10 Available from: [cited 2007/11/03] </li></ul>