The Japanese Sword

In the latter part of the Kamakura era (1192-1333) there were two great sword smiths named Masamune and Muramasa. Goro Masamune, whose works are today considered to be the finest in the country, never forged a sword without first offering up prayers and undergoing the customary purification rites. He surrounded his workshop with holy ropes and in ceremonial dress, he asked for protection from the good spirits.

Whilst forging the blade itself, Masamune maintained a religious intensity and concentration, the blade became the product of this mental physical and spiritual power.

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