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Saitō Musashibō Benkei (西塔武蔵坊弁慶, 1155–1189), popularly known as simply Benkei, was a Japanese warrior monk (sōhei) who lived in the latter years of the Heian Period (794–1185). Benkei led a varied life, first becoming a monk, then a mountain ascetic, and then a rogue warrior. He later came to respect and serve the famous warrior Minamoto no Yoshitsune, also known as Ushiwakamaru. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Benkei has received more than 1,183,568 page views. His biography is available in 30 different languages on Wikipedia. Benkei is the 642nd most popular religious figure (down from 534th in 2019), the 89th most popular biography from Japan (down from 69th in 2019) and the 4th most popular Japanese Religious Figure.

Benkei is most famous for being a warrior monk who protected the emperor from his enemies.

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Among religious figures, Benkei ranks 642 out of 2,238Before him are Isaac of Nineveh, William Tyndale, Je Tsongkhapa, Basilios Bessarion, Billy Graham, and Giulia Farnese. After him are Zayd ibn Ali, Robert of Molesme, Tarcisio Bertone, John Cassian, Onuphrius, and Malachi.

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Among people born in 1155, Benkei ranks 4Before him are Isaac II Angelos, Alfonso VIII of Castile, and Niketas Choniates. After him are Shahab al-Din Yahya ibn Habash Suhrawardi, Ottokar I of Bohemia, Henry the Young King, Kilij Arslan II, Isaac Komnenos of Cyprus, Peter II of Courtenay, Hermann I, Landgrave of Thuringia, and Euphrosyne Doukaina Kamatera. Among people deceased in 1189, Benkei ranks 4Before him are Henry II of England, Minamoto no Yoshitsune, and William II of Sicily. After him are Gerard de Ridefort, Matilda of England, Duchess of Saxony, Emperor Shizong of Jin, Humbert III, Count of Savoy, and Frederick, Duke of Bohemia.

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Among people born in Japan, Benkei ranks 89 out of 6,048Before him are Emperor Annei (-577), Dōgen (1200), Akira Toriyama (1955), Empress Go-Sakuramachi (1740), Syukuro Manabe (1931), and Hasekura Tsunenaga (1571). After him are Chiune Sugihara (1900), Emperor Itoku (-553), Masaru Emoto (1943), Joe Hisaishi (1950), Fumimaro Konoe (1891), and Ishida Mitsunari (1559).


Among religious figures born in Japan, Benkei ranks 4Before him are Kane Tanaka (1903), Nichiren (1222), and Dōgen (1200). After him are Paulo Miki (1564), Mikao Usui (1865), Yamamoto Tsunetomo (1659), Sen no Rikyū (1522), Ikkyū (1394), Dom Justo Takayama (1552), Eisai (1141), and Saichō (767).