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Das DNA-Profil von Minamoto no Yoritomo

Are you related to the famous samurai?

Discover a possible family connection with the famous samurai and compare yourself to many other famous people as well!

The DNA of a samurai

Minamoto no Yoritomo was one of our most important historical figures in Japanese history. This article will go into more detail about his role, achievements and genealogy.

Minamoto no Yoritomo was born in 1147 and belongs to the Minamoto family, a prominent family in Japan that originally arose from the Imperial House and was widespread among the samurai elites. He is best known and highly respected as the founder of the Kamakura Shogunate, a military government that ruled Japan in the Middle Ages.

At a young age, he showed remarkable leadership skills and courage on the battlefield, making him a respected samurai. After defeating the Taira clan in the Heiji Rebellion in 1159, Yoritomo was appointed the first shogun in the history of Japan. This marked the beginning of the Kamakura Shogunate, which is considered the first military government in Japan and lasted for nearly 150 years.

Yoritomo devised the hojo system, a type of feudal government that was developed beyond the samurai reign. This system served as a framework for the future shogunate and stabilized governance. It ensured that power was in the hands of the ruling samurai clan, while emperors were only nominal heads.

The genealogy of Minamoto no Yoritomo is extensively documented by historical documents. His father, Minamoto no Yoshitomo, was the chief of the Minamoto clan and his mother, Tokiwa Gozen, was known for her beauty and wisdom. He also had several siblings, including Yoshitsune and Noriyori, who played significant roles in the Genpei Wars. Yoritomo's marriage to Hojo Masako, also known as "Nun Shogun," resulted in the birth of two sons, Minamoto no Yoriie and Minamoto Sanetomo, both of whom later became shoguns.

Minamoto no Yoritomo was a key figure in the establishment of military government in Japan. His reign left a distinctive mark on the country and its culture. Long after his death, the image of the strong and wise shogunate leader is deeply embedded in Japanese history. To this day, his genealogy and merits as the first shogun remain a fundamental lesson for anyone studying the history of Japan.

Minamoto no Yoritomo belonged to haplogroup D1 in the paternal line.

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A Historical Voyage through iGENEA DNA Test: Unearthing My Ties with Minamoto no Yoritomo

Discovering your ancestral lineage can be an exciting journey, particularly when you choose a reliable resource like iGENEA. Their DNA testing puts you on a historical voyage, unraveling astonishing details about your ancestors. My own experience was filled with anticipation, surprise and a sense of belonging, especially upon discovering my relationship with a significant figure in Japanese history. (J. Eppele)

I've always been a history buff intrigued by the cultural diversity and rich historical ties that bind us together as humans. In my quest to delve deeper into my ancestry, I opted to use iGENEA DNA testing, and to say that the entire experience has been exhilarating would be an understatement. Deciding to take a DNA test through iGENEA was my first significant step in journeying through my family lineage. And the revelation at the end of this voyage was simply mind-blowing.

My anticipation during the waiting period for the results was a mixture of excitement and curiosity. iGENEA promised an in-depth analysis that included a personal ancestors' report and a professionally drawn ancestral family tree. In addition, they assured an interpretation of genetic origins and explanation of the ancient tribe's corresponding history, which was very appealing to my historical inclinations.

When the day finally arrived, and I held my results in my hands, my heart skipped a beat as I discovered my connection to an iconic figure of Japanese history - Minamoto no Yoritomo - a significant individual who reshaped Japan’s political structure during the Kamakura period and the first shōgun of the Kamakura shogunate of Japan.

As I delved further into my results, it was surreal to discover that I shared a common lineage with this historical figure. It has had me walking a tightrope of emotions, feeling both privileged and humbled to have such an astounding historical connection. Furthermore, it evoked an insatiable desire within me to explore and delve into historical literature about him, thus providing a more profound connection to myself.

The iGENEA experience was very intuitive and straightforward. The process of collection was easy with explicit instructions. Also, the staff was very helpful. They were prompt with responses to any queries I had and were always available via email.

Having a deep historical affinity, this experience offered me the opportunity to carry a piece of global history which is sacred. Discovering that I am related to one of the founding figures of the samurai class in Japan has positioned me in the global family portrait in a manner that has forever transformed my worldview. Therefore, I highly recommend iGENEA DNA testing to anyone interested in uncovering their ancestral surprises.

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After we have received the samples it normally takes 6 weeks for the fist results. Depending on the chosen test the result is thus already fully ready or further analysis are done.

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