In the fictional Star Wars universe, the Jedi are an ancient monastic peacekeeping organization known for their observance of the Force. They specifically use the "Light Side" of the force and reject the "Dark Side" of the Force, as well as the Dark Side's adherents, the Sith.
While various sources and ideas have been brought forth as the initial inspiration for the idea of a fictional "Jedi" order, the most apparent are the current and past chivalric orders that exist in Europe.
It is speculated they were named after the jidaigeki genre of Japanese films about samurai.
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