By Stephen Turnbull
From the tenth to the mid-17th century, spiritual companies performed a big half within the social, political and army lifestyles in Japan. often called sohei ('monk warriors') or yamabushi ('mountain warriors'), the warrior clergymen have been something yet peaceable and meditative, and have been an impressive enemy, armed with their targeted, long-bladed naginata. The fortified cathedrals of the Ikko-ikki rivalled Samurai castles, and withstood lengthy sieges. This identify follows the lifestyle, education, motivation and strive against reviews of the warrior priests from their first point out in advert 949 via to their suppression via the Shogunate within the years following the Sengoku-jidai interval.