Re: Was Kimono question/Ainu Clothing.....Class status
- There are pretty much no cases where daughters were raised as samurai.
Education was completely different between the sexes. That is not to
say that women were never taught how to fight. Naginata, for example,
has traditionally been taught to women for over 400 years.
Here is the best description I could find:
During the Edo Period, as the naginata became less useful for men on
the battlefield, it became a symbol of the social status of women of
the samurai class. A functional naginata was often a traditional part
of a samurai daughter's dowry. Although they did not typically fight
as normal soldiers, women of the samurai class were expected to be
capable of defending their homes while their husbands were away at
war. The naginata was considered one of the weapons most suitable for
women, as it allows a woman to keep opponents at a distance, where any
advantages in height, weight, and upper body strength would be lessened.