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k e r This paper suggests that the Tokugawa Confucian debate over the Ako revenge vendetta was, in part, a religious debate over the posthumous sta tus of the forty-six ronin who murdered Lord Kira Yoshinaka as an act of revenge for the sake of their deceased master, Asano Naganori. At issue in the debate was whether the forty-six ronin were chushin gishi, a notion typ ically translated as "loyal and righteous samurai. " The paper shows, how ever, that in Tokugawa discourse the term chushindoi:10.18874/jjrs.26.1-2.1999.1-37 fatcat:7swacinwjjc6ze4hax6gpmrrui