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The record here comes from a Portuguese merchant, who was told this story by a missionary. Apparently, the missionary converted a samurai to Christianity. The samurai had told the priest that he belonged to a secret cult, called the “Brotherhood of Life”, a secret organization that was founded, and ultimately reported to, Shogun Tokugawa Ieyasu himself. The mission of this group was to covertly find, combat, and dispatch what can only be described as zombies. Initiates were trained similar to ninja, with combat emphasis on evading holds and decapitating the enemy. The reported final test was to have the initiate locked in a room for an entire night with only the still-moaning heads of decapitated ghouls lining the walls for company. Apparently, the samurai in question was assassinated before he could reach the pier.
Although the official account has a number of mistranslations, misconceptions, and unsupported facts, if the Society of Life did in fact exist, it may explain why there have been no major zombie outbreaks in Japan until the twentieth century. This secret society was likely the precursor to (or inspiration of) the tatenokai, founded in the twenty-first century, during World War Z.
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