Thank you for reminding us of this fact.  History can also be said to be 
written with the blood of the vanquished.


Frazier wrote:
> Do you really believe that the Zen monks who served feudal warlords
> were intinerant hapless indigents who walked around the country side
> begging for food??
> I have seen enough samurai movies to get the feeling that those in
> power were regarded by the popular culture of Japan as being very
> arrogant and autocratic. That is another way to look at all those koans
> where Bankei or some other guy is popping someone on the head with a
> stick or cutting their hands off.
> I read this book a long time ago, it was called Was Musashi Murdered?
> It had a different take on what was going on back in the medieval
> Japan. It basically took the view that all the same kind of corrupt
> people have existed throughout time, and that you have to read the
> history books and records based on the fact that the truth is often
> hidden under the propaganda. After all, history is written by those in
> power.

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