Kamon Database – Uma

Figure: horse. 馬

The Uma emblem is very rare. The horse is, with the rabbit, the only mon family that figures mammals. The Sōma clan is famous for using a horse insignia. The clan eventually split in two, one branch residing in what is nowadays Chiba prefecture, and the other branch moving up to the Fukushima area. In present days, the Sōma-Nomaoi festival features every year horse races with horsemen clad in samurai armours. This event is said to be an homage to Taira no Masakado, ancestor of the Sōma clan, who advocated the seizing and taming of wild horses as a military training.

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