Most Insane Warrior Cultures In History!

Most Insane Warrior Cultures In History!


From deadly slave armies to walls of pure
steel…stay tuned to number 1 to find about the 10 most intense warrior cultures in history! Number 10: Samurai. The first entry on this list is one we should
all be familiar with. Samurai, or bushi, were the military nobility
of medieval and early-modern Japan whose culture still fascinates many today. The golden era of the Samurai is often thought
to be in the period of Japanese history dated from 1550 to 1615, during which time the warriors
reached the zenith of their powers. The Samurai were heavily armed, highly skilled
and unmatched with a sword. Their sword, the mighty katana, was often
called the soul of the Samurai and is one of the sharpest in the world…sharp enough
to slice a man in half. The Samurai were also incredibly skilled with
the bow, and in combination with the sword, they were a formidable force. Throughout their lives they followed the code
of Bushido, which means “way of the warrior.” And, in recent times, the Samurai have been
increasingly portrayed in popular films and TV entertainment. Number 9: The Maori. The Maori started arriving in New Zealand
on canoes between 1250 and 1300 AD and formed a rich and complex society in the centuries
that followed, until Westerners arrived in the 17th and 18th centuries. The Maori were tribal peoples, and war and
warrior culture was a part of their society with every male being trained as a warrior. One of the well-known features of Maori warrior
culture is the traditional war dance, the Haka. This involved chanting, stamping feet, sticking
tongues out, and bulging eyes. In the past it was used to intimidate enemies
or as part of rituals but in the modern day it is regularly seen performed by New Zealand’s
national sports teams. Another attribute of Maori culture was war
strategy. Fighting in groups called a hapu, which rarely
consisted of more than 100 warriors. When attacking enemy settlements they took
the women as war prizes and often killed all the men to try and make certain no tribesman
came seeking revenge. They would take, and try to preserve, the
heads of these fallen enemies. This is clearly not a force you would want
to be defeated by! Number 8: Aztec. One of the greatest and fiercest warrior cultures
in South America were the Aztecs. Much of their society revolved around warfare
and it impacted people of all ages. But before we learn more about the Aztec culture,
take a moment to like this video and subscribe to Zero2Hero! Don’t forget to click that little notification
bell, to, so you can always stay up to date on our newest videos. At birth, young Aztec boys received two warrior
symbols…a uniquely designed shield placed in his left hand and an arrow in his right
hand…both of which would then be taken, along with the boy’s umbilical cord, to a
battlefield to be buried. As the boys grew older they would become part
of the Aztec military. The military was split in to two groups. The larger number was composed of commoners
with only basic military training, but with was supplemented with a considerable number
of professional warriors who belonged to the military nobility. The Aztecs used their fighting forces for
two key reasons. The first was for territorial expansion and
resources. This involved subjugating enemy states for
resources or to extract tributes and expand Aztec political control. The second reason was tied to their religious
as social beliefs. To advance in a warrior culture you would
need to be successful in fighting which involved going to war. Moreover, the Aztec practiced human sacrifice
and therefore needed a continuous fresh supply of captives for religious ceremonies. This combination resulted in a formidable
and deadly warrior culture! Number 7: Zulu. The Zulu are a Bantu ethnic group from Southern
Africa. Although the majority of Zulu people live
in South Africa, where they are the largest ethnic group, Zulu peoples also live in other
African countries. In the 18th century, the Zulu were a major
clan in what is known today as the Northern KwaZulu-Natal, and later in the 19th century
they merged into a great kingdom under the leadership of Shaka. The Zulu men resolved disputes within the
tribe by public addressing it through stick fighting. The duel is won as soon as blood flows, but
in the event of demise, there were no legal charges as long as the rules were abided by. This wasn’t the only way they put their fighting
skills to use and, collectively, the Zulu warriors were a deadly force. During the 19th century they faced the British
in the Anglo-Zulu war where they had their greatest success in warfare against 1,500
enemy troops. They were experts at encirclement tactics,
partly thanks to their speed and endurance gained through intense training. This enabled them to defeat many enemies,
and they even had notable success against enemies with firearms. Number 6: Vikings. We’ve covered the Vikings in a previous video,
that we of course recommend you watch, but we’ve yet to get in to the heart of their
warrior culture. It’s important to not forget that their society
was a maritime and trading society, but this society was intertwined with warrior culture,
and they were one of the most feared warrior bands of their time and this was in part because
of their beliefs on warfare and the afterlife. It was known that all men die, but, to die
in combat was to die honorably. It would also provide the opportunity to gain
entrance into Valhalla, the majestic “hall of the slain” ruled over by the god Odin. These attitudes towards death made them a
fierce enemy! In everyday life, all free Norse men were
required to own weapons and were permitted to wear them at all times. How well-armored warriors were attested to
their wealth and status within Norse society. Another aspect of their warrior culture was
the belief that, during battle, some warriors would enter a fierce fighting frenzy known
as berserkers. These men would perform things that seemed
beyond human power, and would often enter the battle screaming, howling and supposedly
ripping people apart with bare-hands. The latter point is likely an exaggeration
but, nevertheless, it demonstrates how fearsome these fighters were in the eyes of their enemies
and fellow warriors. It is perhaps not surprising that these berserkers
were later viewed by Christians as heathen devils. Number 5: Huns. The Huns were a nomadic people who lived in
warrior bands in Central Asia, the Caucasus, and Eastern Europe from the 4th to the 6th
century AD. They established a vast, if short-lived, dominion
in Europe. Known as the Hunnic Empire, it was established
by their most famous leader, Attila the Hun. Unlike some of the other examples of this
list, the Huns were illiterate, so they kept no records themselves. Instead their stories and knowledge was passed
down through oral traditions. As a result, there is a reliance on accounts
of them by other cultures for facts about their society and culture. This raises its own issues, as there can be
elements of bias in these records and it is well-known that the Huns are often describes
as a savage race or as barbarians. Details about their lifestyle, art and warfare
have also come from archaeological investigations, but there is still a lot we don’t know about
their fierce warriors. Nevertheless, what we do know suggests they
were formidable warriors. Number 4: Mongols. As the greatest warrior culture of their time,
the Mongols were a deadly force who often defeated larger armies by using their superior
tactics and experience. We’ve already covered some aspects of Mongol
culture and we have a great video focusing on Genghis Khan that you should also check
out! In the Mongolian language, there is no separate
word for “soldier” and this is good examples of how their warrior culture was synonymous
with everyday life. They were very skilled horse riders and bow-man,
and the hordes of Mongol riders were not a force you’d want to stand against. Their military tactics were excellent. On occasions it’s believed they stuffed dummies
and mounted them atop horses to help mislead their enemies on the amount of warriors they
had. They were also known to tie sticks to the
horses’ trails to raise enormous dust clouds to give of the impression that that large
numbers of reinforcements were coming…a great tactic if you’re fighting a larger force! In all, the Mongolians spent a lot of time
training for war. Their civilian activities often mirrored military
training, and this resulted in a formidable force that laid waste to tribes and states,
and whose Empire stretched across the Eurasian continent. Number 3: The Assyrians. The Assyrians lived in and ruled the Assyrian
Empire which, at its height, covered a significant amount of the Levant and the Near East. They were a formidable force that destroyed
many rivals, and this has caused some to refer to them as the first “superpower” in the Ancient
world. It’s widely believed that the Assyrian warrior
society grew out of the need to protect their region of agriculture and urbanized settlements,
however, once they had the military mindset, it was only a short step towards using their
military power to subjugate others and expand their domain. Over time the military aspects of society
become synonymous with everyday life. They had excellent siege and battle tactics
and had a significant arsenal of weapons to call upon. Some of the archaeological evidence that has
survived attests to the great deeds of some warriors, and this is suggestive of how successful
warriors were held in high esteem for their accomplishments. For the ancient civilizations that fought
against the Assyrians, they were a mighty force…one you would not want to battle against. Nevertheless, even the greatest cultures topple
in the end, and the Assyrians gave way to other great military powers…many who would
take tips from the Assyrians. Number 2: The Mamluks. The next entry on this list is different from
all the others described on this list so far. The Mamluks were slave soldiers. There wasn’t simply one group of Mamluks. Over time and across a wide geographical space,
groups of Mamluks fought under numerous rulers. Groups were often formed of enslaved peoples
from across parts of Asia and modern-day Eastern Europe. In some places they were viewed as being above
normal slaves, but in others they were prohibited from carrying weapons. Due to the variety of Mamluks, it would be
difficult to cover even a fraction of their history in this short extract. In some locations like Egypt, many were appointed
or promoted to high positions throughout the empire and enjoyed political and military
power. Although some couldn’t shake their history
of slave status, others Mamluk forces became linked to existing power structures and gained
significant amounts of influence as a result. And some even overthrew their rulers to become
rulers themselves. As with all the entries on this list there
is plenty of information left for you to learn! Number 1: Knights. We couldn’t do a video about warrior cultures
without looking at Knights. This is not the most obvious group to include
on this list because they didn’t belong to one single group of people or medieval country. Instead, they came from across Britain and
Europe. This warrior class of people of fought for
and defended Christian beliefs, Christendom and all the Christians who resided in and
around Jerusalem. They were well-trained warriors who came from
the nobility or land-owners across Europe. They fought in massive suits of armor, usually
weighing 40-60 pounds, although some single pieces are rumored have weighed even more,
so it must have been incredibly hard to fight in the full plate metal. And you must take a moment to think about
the poor horses would have to carry this weight, often travelling at fast speeds and in hot
conditions. Their horses were often armored, as well,
and when riding in formations, they formed walls of metal that many armies struggled
to break. For this reason, they are often remembered
as the toughest soldiers in history to kill. Who was your favorite warrior culture in history? Let us know in the comments below and…take
care!

Author: Kennedi Daugherty

55 thoughts on “Most Insane Warrior Cultures In History!

  1. I love your videos and the way you present it. I don't understand why you don't have millions subscribers and viewers.

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  2. The Maori warriors should have been higher. They were the only indigenous culture to successfully ward off the European invaders despite the extreme difference in technology. Maori armies never really went over 50 soldiers as things got too unorganized. Around 30-40 warriors was considered an unnecessarily large group and would encourage less tactics to be used.

  3. The despite sikhs being one of the nicest people in history. They can beat anyone on this list as they still hold there legendary military status to this day.

  4. Nice video but for christ sake, stop asking me to watch another video or "hit that like button for more" bs. Stick to the topic will you

  5. I wish there was more information on the Zacatecos. I think they’re the only Native American tribe to defeat the Europeans

  6. Great video…. defenetly not in order, but good video. missing a few warrior groups like spartans. but hey great video.

  7. The Zulus are my favorite on this list they had great battle tactics. im surprised there was no mention of Roman soldiers.

  8. I read a interesting talk about a challenge that took place between two warriors a 50 year old Maori with a stick in a grass dress….it read and a young European royal soldier in his late 20s a master with the cutest sword. A long story short 2 hours later the young European royal soldier was still recovering from the blow he received to the head via this old Maori with a stick in a grass dress true story ,anyway I got to see that stick one day and it was a taiaha in the meeting house of Tutamure up the east coast among the Te Whakatohea people.

  9. Knights fought for Catholic's not Christians. And didn't lion heart's knights one of the most feared Knights of all time loss to the Arabs.

  10. We Maori do not need to educate everyone. In terms of war, it is considered a defeat by the British people if the flag of your fort was taken. Well, we know the British had their flag taken Three times. British were spread thin colonizing and fighting on multiple fronts. The Bristish were frighten French were going to swoop in and annex NZ.

  11. The Māori are loving people very supportive happy go lucky funny as fuck! But that’s Polynesians really. They all have that in common 🥰 Just don’t get in their bad side or you’ll know all about it. I’m Russian living in New Zealand proud kiwi 😘

  12. Samurai used nikanas not kitanas. Kitanas are secondary swords, nikanas are larger and are more durable for battle

  13. Like the way he dosent talk about rhorekes drift when a small party of british soldiers beat the entire zulu army

  14. I think the Samoans should be on the list instead of the dance choreographers Maoris. without Samoans there won't be any Maoris to begin with since Maoris are just early Polynesian settlers from Tahiti,cook islands,rape nui and hawaii. and all those islands origins come from Samoa and tonga. just look at the last 50years of NZ and you'll see Samoans actually run NZ. when was the last time a Maori won a title of any combat sport in nz. bunch of actors only good at their haka dance but come fight time they dance around…. ps Whitaker is half Aussie half Maori Samoan…..

  15. You forgot the Manchus?

    They defeated China and overthrow the mighty Ming Dynasty. Which had guns, cannons, rockects and other gunpowder weapons.

  16. You should have mentioned the Turkish Jennisaries. If I remember correctly, they were referred to as the first special forces unit in the world.

  17. LOL knights first place? really dude? A guy in a metal suit is the most insane warrior? its more like the most coward warrior.
    Number 1 should be Aztec warriors, those guys were monsters and were on a completely different level. The initiates would go into battle and were not allowed to wear sandals until they capture their first prisoner in battle. Aztec warriors were only allowed to wear armor or weapons depending on how many enemies they had captured.

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