Legend of the Five Rings Aftermath
This is just a list of traditions.
- A month after a child is born, the parents take the child to the nearest shrine to be blessed and have their name recorded.
--If you are invited to celebrate a child’s birth, you know that the parents consider you a very trusted friend.
Traditions of a Samurai
- An ordinary samurai kneels before a lord because the lord occupies a higher place in the Celestial Order.
- A letter to one’s lord calls for thick new paper, the finest ink and the best possible calligraphy.
- At the ceremony of a samurai’s gempukku, they present the world with their chosen name.
- Before entering a temple, a samurai must wash his hands and mouth to purify himself.
- All prayers begin with clapping loudly, showing reverence for the spirits being addressed.
- If your household has a shrine, it must receive daily offerings of incense, food, and prayer.
- It is customary for the samurai with lower status to marry into the higher status.
-- Otaku’s are forbidden from marrying men who are of higher station. Matsu and Moshi families discourage “marrying up”.
- The family that is gaining a member will customarily pay a dowry to the family losing a member.
Traditions of the Heinin
- All villages have a small shrine dedicated to the Fortunes, in hopes to coax good fortune upon themselves.
- The headman of a village has a “quality room”, a room where he can host visiting samurai during their stay.
- Rite for Needles – On the twenty-seventh day of the Month of the Dog, all the women of a household will kneel before the shelf that holds the family shrine. The woman in charge of the household places a block of tofu on the shelf and one by one sticks in all the needles that have been bent or
broken by use during the past year. That task complete, she offers a prayer of thanksgiving to all the needles who sacrificed themselves in service to the household.
- New Year’s Luck Ritual – On the last day of the year a handful of soybeans are thrown about in each room of the house, then swept up and tossed out of a window. This is believed to sweep up all the lingering bad luck from the old year, preparing the house for good luck in the new year.