gempukku

The gempukku is a coming of age ceremony where a samurai becomes an adult. For most, these ceremonies are heavily ritualised with much pomp and ceremony. A Clan shugenja will bless the child and his or her daisho and entreat the kami and the elements to be watch over the child. Many of the Clans have their own versions of the gempukku. The Crane require the samurai to perform or create a work of art, in honour of Lady Doji. The Crab would, in times past, send the young samurai into the Shadowlands alone, and they would be expected to bring back a goblin’s head. Once the young samurai has passed the gempukku, they are adults in the eyes of the Empire, bound by the laws, duties and responsibilities of a samurai. Generally, the gempukku occurs at around age thirteen to sixteen. After the gempukku a samurai will be able to marry, most marriages however are arranged as a political mattter. Marriage for love is rare, and looked upon as a wonderous thing.

gempukku

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