No film with ninjas would be complete without shuriken, the dreaded stars that can be unleashed with deadly force several meters away, or a man in black pajamas brandishing a samurai sword. First, although there are throwing stars, they were probably used in close combat, to cut the enemy, rather than killing from a distance. In addition, if someone other than a samurai wore a samurai sword, he could be executed; it was similar to pretending to be a police officer, who is today a serious crime. James Bond, Bruce Lee and Jackie Chan would make you believe that ninjas sneak into a totally black cat costume, the abundant folds of which allowed the ninja to hide its weapons and its loose fabric allowed martial arts. So if real-life ninjas really wore these outfits, they could raise a note of fear in the throats of their opponents, but they would lose their secret and their secret. No, real ninjas often dressed as farmers, merchants, quite loyal to what they would use in their daily work.
Medieval Japan had its share of people who snuck into castles and embraced a secret war. “We have many documents on these activities, but they have been produced by various people,” says Kapur. “There has never been a specialized class of murderers who lived in hereditary clans and sold their rental services. It is a pure myth which, like the myths about the samurai, was created during the long and peaceful period Edo.” Although shorter swords and daggers were used, katana was probably the ninja’s favorite weapon and was sometimes carried in the back. In dark places, the basket could spread out of the sword and be used as a long survey device.
Some of the figures we remember today are actually based on real ninjas from that time which, despite the secrecy and secrecy required by their work, have taken on some importance. For example, Fujibayashi Nagato was a leader of the Iga ninjas in the 16th century. After the defeat of the ninjas at Iga, some of his descendants, who were forced to hide, it was they who compiled the Ninja Encyclopedia, which preserved the style of combat for posterity.
You couldn’t always trust them to win open battles, which is why they often hired ninjas, just like their opponents. They would serve as spies and murderers, which would dishonor and fear the samurai. However, if the samurai were forced Little Ninjai to commit suicide because their honor was dishonored, they often chose to become a stealthy ninja. The ninjas were feared warriors, but they came mainly from the lower classes, effectively upsetting the rigid social hierarchy of Japan.
The problem here is that it is not only an unfounded and recent construction, but it is also an absolute error. Moving away from comics and films, ninjas date back to the 12th century, but it was in fact the 17th to 17th centuries that were considered the golden days of ninjas in Japan and China. More specifically called shinobi, ninjas were a group that could be considered secret agents or mercenaries in Japan.
During the Tensho-Iga War, the ninja clans were devastated by the samurai . Although the ninja were defeated, their guerrilla skills impressed the samurai. Being a ninja was more than being a martial arts expert and being a great fighter.
That said, not all of the people who practiced shugendo asceticism were ninjas, and not all ninjas trained in shugendo. The initial stage of understanding is that the term ninja is a term for a position and is not representative of a social status nor has a social placement connotation. A ninja is a man who does a job and is trained in a particular set of skills, his social rank does not come into play and candidates for ninjutsu can be taken at any level. That said, it must be remembered that the majority of the Japanese population is not samurai and that large areas of armies are removed from the peasant class to form Ashigaru, or infantrymen. This means that social status was not a factor in the formation of ninja and that any man could be removed from any social class and trained, depending on the circumstances and requirements.