The DNA profile of the Fujiwara
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The DNA of the Fujiwara
The Fujiwara clan, also known as Fujiwara-shi in Japan, represents one of the most powerful aristocratic noble (kuge) families in Japanese history. The dynasty was founded in the early 7th century by Nakatomi no Kamatari, an influential advisor to the Tennō, who was given the surname 'Fujiwara' as a reward for his loyal service. This name translates to 'field of wisteria', which is why the Fujiwara coat of arms also depicts four wisteria flowers.
The Fujiwara dynasty established itself as a political heavyweight during the Nara and Heian periods, two culturally significant eras in Japanese history. They laid the foundation for a system known as "Sekkan-Seiji," which allowed the power of a regent and imperial advisor to be shared.
Through clever marriage policies, they asserted their supremacy in the imperial court. The clan's daughters were often inducted into the imperial family by being married to the heir to the throne or the incumbent Tennō. This allowed the Fujiwara to have indirect control over the imperial government. Sons from these marriages were often allowed to ascend the throne at a young age, while a Fujiwara member exercised actual power as regent.
Although their political influence waned after the Heian period, the Fujiwara remained influential. For example, they provided a number of regents and high government officials in various historical periods. Most notably, the family exerted considerable cultural influence due to its long history and continued presence in Japanese society.
The Fujiwara also gave many important contributions to Japanese art and culture. Thus, works about them can be found in many books, novels, and other works of art. Members of the clan were often artists, poets, or literary figures in their own right, and helped shape Japan's cultural identity.
During the historical eras when bushido, the 'way of the warrior', set the tone, the Fujiwara clan did not completely disappear from the scene. Some descendants became Daimyōs and other important figures in feudal Japan. However, with the Meiji Restoration in the late 19th century, the nobility was abolished and many privileges of the Fujiwara as well as other high noble families were lost.
Despite the loss of their political power, the Fujiwara clan has survived to this day and there are still descendants who bear the proud name. Their role in history, their contributions to culture, and their heritage remain an important aspect of Japanese society to this day. Over the centuries, they have shaped Japanese history and culture and are a fascinating chapter in the genealogy of Japan.
The Fujiwara belong to haplogroup O-M175 in the paternal line.
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