The Warrior is both a symbolic archetype as well as a practical element of any given society, and both of these elements have been deeply imbedded in our oldest myths, legends, philosophies and religions. Faint remnants of this once great body of knowledge and wisdom can be found today in some modern Martial Art systems, and even in many of the various films and books on the subject. It should be pointed out that it has also grown and evolved in many ways. However, it has also devolved in other ways, as much of it has been left out, misrepresented, and misunderstood.
Historically, when one compares the various writings and oral traditions related to the function and philosophy of the warrior in any given society, many parallels can be discovered no matter what culture, tribe, empire or dynasty you investigate. However, like all histories, we are left with whatever remains after much has been burned, suppressed, bastardized and forgotten. It is the small few who have pieced together and revived this ancient wisdom, or who have reinvented it in the modern era and expressed these core principles and ideas in their own unique way.
The story of the Warrior is twofold. It is a story of heroes, and equally of tyrants. One side is a story of those striving to perfect methods of achieving self mastery and preserving peace and harmony in the world, and for others, a story of violence, subjugation, empire expansion, domination, unjust war, and totalitarian conquest.