Bushido is a Japanese word that
translates roughly to "way of the
Like the Comitatus it was a code of
conduct for warriors with many
similarities despite having been developed in a completely isolated
part of the world.
There are seven virtues for Bushido:
The need for both loyalty and courage were necessary for the
preservation of honor, and to be a coward or to flee from battle was a
disgrace worthy of death. A samurai could ask his or her lord to commit
seppuku, ritual suicide, to redeem his or her name, but that was
considered an honor and was at times not granted. Like the Comitatus,
one would swear to his lord, and would fight to the death in order to
serve his lord.
Like the poem, The Wanderer, there were samurai who became lordless,
and were considered Ronin. Similarly to the poem, they would be
untrusted because to have lost a lord was a disgrace.
Unlike the Comitatus, Bushido was more than a law for the samurai to
live by, but rather an all encompassing way of life. The violence of
the samurai would be countered with wisdom and patience.
The first mention of something similar to Bushido was in the 12th
century, but it had existed for centuries before that, handed down from
generation to generation by word of mouth. It continued until the mid
19th century, when the government of Japan changed into a more modern
one, and embraced western beliefs.
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