Glossary: shudo

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shudo (衆道)

An abbreviation of wakashudo (若衆道), meaning "the Way of young men", shudo is the Japanese tradition of pederasty in samurai society from around the 15th to 19th centuries. This tradition is preceded by the teachings of Kuukai, the founder of the Shingon school of Buddhism, who advocated love relationships between Buddhist bonzes and their acolytes.