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Old 11-16-2003, 07:10 PM   #7
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Hello again,

Sorry I had to end my earlier post abruptly to go run some errands.

Japanese bushido, Mandarin wu-shi-dao. From the Chinese dictionary:

Wu(tone 3) from "stop" and "lances," with a general meaning of "military" or "martial." Some common Chinese compounds are: wu-da and wu-shu meaning "martial arts," wu-qi and wu-zhuang meaning "weapons," wu-li meaning "military force".

Shi(tone 4) from "one" and "ten," with a general meaning of a scholar or gentleman (an educated person). Shi-lin, the "forest" of the shi, is the "intelligentsia" or "literatti." Shidaifu is a "scholar offical" A man of proper principles, great ability and good character. Before the Han dynasty (ca. 200BC - 200 AD), a member of the military aristocracy; after Han, includes broader meanings of scholar and bureaucrat. Much more than a mere soldier or fighter.

Wu-shi means "knight" or "warrior" or "samurai."

Dao(tone 4) means way, path, road, or, broader, way of life, as in Daoism, DaoDeJing, etc. Japanese do.

Bushido or Wushidao thus is way or path of the warrior, samurai or knight. Actually much more than a code. A nice link:

http://www.metamorphys.com/ByTheSword/Bushido/

There is a text translated in English as

"Code of the Saumurai," in Japanese Bushido Shoshinsu, some 400 years old, written by Taira Shigesuke (1639-1730), a Confucian scholar writing for novice knights. A nice link for this document:

http://www.metamorphys.com/ByTheSwor...TheSamurai.htm

Another reference for shi:

http://www.human.toyogakuen-u.ac.jp/...a/58/c58eb.htm

Peace to all,

Frank
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