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Old September 28th, 2016, 02:55 AM   #11

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Originally Posted by Piccolo View Post
Sorry if this is another can of worms, but what about the "ninja" of the Iga and Koga during the Warring States period? (as opposed to the Edo period)

I understand that the existance of the Ninja is more an assumption than a fact, but the concept makes sense.
The "ninja" (which is an anachronistic term - it doesn't appear in use until the mid-18th century or so) were certainly not what is depicted in movies.

Iga is a very mountainous, rugged and heavily forested province and the locals knew their home ground. It's surrounded by mountains with only a few passes for access. The locals were samurai, farmers and hunters who had adapted to living in some of the most challenging terrain in the country, and have obviously developed the kind of skills necessary to survive there.

Whenever a invading force arrived, they would make use of their knowledge and who detachments of men could end up disappearing without a trace. Not due to some mysterious ninja techniques but simply well-executed guerrilla warfare. Outsiders didn't know where the bears lived - the locals did.

Oda Nobunaga solved that problem as he was wont to do by simply sending in overwhelming numbers of troops and burning everything in sight. The first time, he sent in 8000 men, and lost. The next time around, he sent in 42,000.

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