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Re: Was Kimono question/Ainu Clothing.....Class status

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  • Chris Tierney
    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
    Message 1 of 6 , Oct 29, 2008
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      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.
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