Ninja - Myths about the shinobi of feudal Japan

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Thanks to Western media, we have a very black and white view of samurai and ninja (or shinobi), as they are portrayed in various forms of media as being from opposite positions. In reality, the samurai were only warriors belonging to the noble caste (aristocracy) while the ninjas were mercenaries who served the lower classes.

They had their differences in terms of armamentcombat, uniform, moral code and services provided. However, both have already worked together on certain wars and other political issues because while the samurai were soldiers in the service of the Emperor, the ninjas were mercenaries hired to carry out espionage and murder services.

Ninja - myths about feudal japan mercenaries

Their battle tactics were harnessed in conflicts within Japan itself, as the samurai's warlike ability to fight and the ninja's spying and disguise skills to gather information from enemies proved necessary to win a battle.

Because of myths, some even believe that ninjas didn't really exist and that they are mythical legends. The art of the Ninjas dates back more than 800 years and encompasses a wide variety of curious facts. In this article, we are going to see some lies about feudal Japan mercenaries:

Were ninjas evil killers?

Myth! Ninjas were not evil killers who killed at will ... However, this is one of the most widespread myths about ninjas. There is nothing unethical about the Ninja. Your fighting style ninjutsu is summarized in: Try to escape if possible, otherwise you must kill.

In the films, they are portrayed as evil mercenaries who attacked by surprise to make mincemeat of the good guys. In reality, they were simple people from Japan who were systematically oppressed by the samurai ruling class. Most of them were simple farmers.

Ninja - myths about feudal japan mercenaries

For self-defense, when outnumbered, they created a combat system called Ninjutsu. When money was lacking, they sold their skills, becoming mercenaries. The ninja's functions included espionage, sabotage, infiltration, murder and guerrillas as well as open combat in certain situations.

The ninja (忍者) are often called shinobi (忍び) in Japan. The word shinobi it literally means: One who collects information, stealth (discretion), incognito traveler, theft and stealth.

Were all the ninjas men?

Myth! Most Westerners think of ninjas  like men in black masks with swords that appear from the shadows and attack without warning. There are actually many women who practice the art of ninjutsu and served as spies.

Ninja - myths about feudal japan mercenaries

Female ninjas were called Kunoichi. Occasionally, they wielded swords like men, but were trained as spies and messengers to help collect information that would help their clan. Kunoichis attracted their targets by pretending to be women in trouble and then executed them. This was part of their tactics.

shinobi a male may assume the role of a samurai retainer or a craftsman, but these positions rarely allowed unrestricted access to their target. Women have gained great participation in missions where the objective is to reach the target.

When it came to infiltrating samurai fortresses, the ability kunoichi's  adopting the role of lover or servant had obvious advantages over the disguises a man could wear.

Ninja - myths about feudal japan mercenaries

Most ninja women know how to use a sword, but specialize in hand-to-hand combat and use more pine forests, withers, poisons and special items. A great curiosity is that the name kunoichi (くノ一) can form the woman character (女).

Is the Ninja uniform a black suit and mask?

Myth! In fact, they dressed according to the mission given. When sneaking into an enemy lair, they used their opponents' uniforms to deceive them. On night missions, they used black to camouflage themselves in the shadows. In winter missions, they used white to camouflage themselves in the snow.

Nowadays, ninjas would wear modern suits and clothes. So when do ninjas wear black clothes and masks? Maybe 800 years ago, if they had to hide in the trees. The great truth is that masks and black clothes were never a Ninja uniform. Everything will depend on the environment and the need to hide.

Ninja - myths about feudal japan shinobi

Besides the Ninjas are not always dressed in black, they did not always use smoke bombs and disappeared magically. They created a distraction in the most practical way, using a shuriken or throwing sand in the opponent's eyes. They run like any human being, they don't jump between the walls and do 3 meter jumps.

Did ninjas only use shurikens and swords?

Shurikens and other melee weapons were part of the shinobi arsenal. However, depending on the occasion, they also used household items and anything else that was available to them for combat.

The word Ninjutsu means art of discretion and perseverance. There are about 18 disciplines that form the basis of a ninja's main training. They learn the art of each weapon they use or need to fight.

Ninja - myths about feudal japan mercenaries

In addition to spiritual refinement, they must learn to fight hand-to-hand, unarmed, with swords, shuriken, spear, naginata, kusarigama and learned to use explosives, pyrotechnics, horseback riding, concealment and geography of the combat location. Being a ninja involves a wide range of techniques and dedication! The media doesn't show or even want 10% of what it really involves to be a ninja.

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