Swords. Many things go through our minds when we hear the word. It could be a Roman soldier, a samurai, a nobleman, or a king. There are many swords in the world that no longer serve a purpose in combat only in ceremony. The Mamaluke sword was a gift from war, that the marines incorporated into their culture. once used in battle extensively but now is used for ceremony in the United States Marine Corps. They are used to denote a leader that has proven themselves through various. Many swords have reoccurring themes, mediums, uses, and even shapes. Many warriors throughout time have trained extensively to properly wield a sword. This makes the sword a highly respected or revered object. In many countries around the world, mainly Japan, there are small shrines that house a holy blade. A holy blade is a sword that has been put to rest to never be used to take life. These swords are taken apart cleaned and purified, when they are done they put it in the shrine where ceremonies are held every year to pay respects to the ancestors who wielded them. Instead of gaining honor through wielding a sword one can now wield prestige.