Saved By The Wind? The Mongol Invasions Of Japan

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While the notion of a typhoon ending the first Mongol invasion of Japan is still contested, there is little doubt about the wind’s role in stopping a second invasion years later. After a two-month-long battle, a large typhoon hit Kyūshū, sinking all Mongol ships. The Japanese attributed this victory to their gods, who they believed sent the kamikaze (divine wind); “The belief that a divine wind would blow to save the country when Japan faced crisis led to the tragic events involving kamikaze pilots in World War II.” Read full article here

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