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Ch. 14 History Vocab

TermDefinition
clan group of families related by blood or marriage.
constitution written plan of government.
animism belief that all natural things are alive and have their own spirits.
shrine holy place.
samurai class of warriors in feudal Japan who pledged loyalty to a noble in return for land.
shogun military ruler of feudal Japan.
daimyo powerful military lord in feudal Japan.
vassal in feudalism, a noble who held land from and served a higher-ranking lord, and in return was given protection.
feudalism political system based on bonds of loyalty between lords and vassals.
sect a smaller group with distinct beliefs within a larger religious group.
martial arts sports, such as judo and karate, that involve combat and self-defense.
meditation practice of quiet reflection to clear the mind and find inner peace.
calligraphy the art of producing beautiful handwriting.
tanka Japan’s oldest form of poetry; an un-rhymed poem of five lines.
guild medieval business group formed by craftspeople and merchants.
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