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Japanese Warrior Monks (Sohei) 1/72 Scale Plastic Model Kit Red Box 72005

Theme: Military

Era : 1501-1799

Scale : 1/72

Material : Plastic

Series: Figures

Recommended Age Range: 12 Years & Up

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Sohei are Buddhist warrior monks of feudal Japan. At certain points in history, they wielded considerable power, thus forcing the cooperation of the imperial and military governments.
They were similar to the yamabushi mountain ascetics, but unlike the hermit yamabushi, the sohei were usually organized into large armies or units. Their most famous monastery is Enryaku-ji on Mount Hiei, near Kyoto.
Sohei had many similarities with warrior monks from Germany (see Teutonic Order) or other religious orders (such as participation in the crusades, for example; sohei did not work as individuals or even as members of individual temples, but rather as warriors of a large brotherhood or monastic order).
For the first time, warrior monks "declared themselves" at the end of the 10th century, in the Heian era, during tough political strife between Buddhist temples and sects for receiving various titles from the emperor. Basically, the confrontation took place in the area of ​​the cities of Kyoto and Nara, in the 4 largest temples in Japan - Todai-ji, Kofuku-ji, Mii-dera and Enryaku-ji.
The first armed clash happened in 949, when 56 monks from Todai-ji went to the imperial palace in Kyoto to protest against the appointment they did not like. Such performances continued throughout the 10th century and often ended in murder.
Since 981, clashes began between the 2 main temples of the Buddhist sect Tendai - Enryaku-ji and Mii-dera. Armed skirmishes between these temples went on intermittently throughout the 11th century and the beginning of the 12th. As the armies increased, so did the violence. Sometimes it even came to the burning of an enemy monastery. Other temples also gradually became involved in conflicts, uniting with yesterday's enemies to oppose other temples.