Throughout the Star Wars saga, the Mandalorians and Jedi have had a complicated history of war and hate. The Mandalorians despise the Jedi, and it is a well-known fact in the Star Wars universe. The Mandalorian-Jedi War, a series of fights and conflicts spanning through generations of the Star Wars universe, is most likely to blame for this hatred.
This war has been mentioned in Star Wars: The Clone Wars and The Mandalorian as a particularly dark period in Mandalorian history. ‘Forgiving easily’ is not in the books of Mandalorians, and they are surely not the kind who let resentments and grudges wither away, even long after the rime of the Empire.
The length of the war between the Jedi and the Mandalorians is unknown, but given that Pre Vizsla claimed in The Clone Wars that his clan fought the Jedi “for generations,” it can be likely said the war continued for at least a century or two. It’s also possible that the war was actually a series of conflicts and fights spanning decades, pitting both the Jedi Order and the Old Republic against each other.
Due to the unique challenges of fighting Jedi on a regular basis, the Mandalorians were able to progress as soldiers and warriors during this war. The cause for the conflict is unknown in canon, though it is known as the Mandalorian Wars in Legends and there it is said that it started as a consequence of Mandalorian growth and dominance colliding with the Old Republic.
The Mandalorian Cataclysm, a battle on Mandalore, marked the end of the long-fought war. Mandalore’s residents lived in futuristic bubble towns in the Clone Wars, and Din Djarin cites Mandalore as a cursed planet in The Mandalorian. Due to the Mandalorian’s defeat by the Jedi, the land of the planet of Mandalore became unlivable, reducing the planet to a desert, seen by many as the physical mark of the Mandalorian’s defeat. In Star Wars: Rebels, Sabine Wren, a Mandalorian, told stories about how the planet of Mandalore was once filled with grass before admitting that she’d never seen it because Mandalore became a wasteland years before her birth.
The Mandalorian-Jedi War came to an end long before the Clone Wars started, but the resentments from that time surely lingered. The Mandalorians’ viewing Darksaber as a symbol of authority, a weapon created by the first Mandalorian Jedi and stolen during the conflict, reflects this. Pre Vizsla, who carried the Darksaber during the Clone Wars, was proud of his family’s role and involvement in the conflict. The Armorer informs Din Djarin about the Jedi in The Mandalorian, but only in accordance with the Jedi’s role in the Mandalorian-Jedi war, prompting Din to call them “enemy sorcerers.”
Given her status as a ‘Children of the Watch’ member, the Armorer’s perspective on the Jedi may be outdated. Given that this group of Mandalorians broke away from the rest of Mandalorian society, the Armorer’s viewpoint on the Jedi is unlikely to be accepted by all Mandalorians, as said by Bo-Katan Kryze. During the seventh season of The Clone Wars, Bo-Katan was ready to work with the Jedi, allying herself with Ahsoka Tano. She then asked the Jedi Order for help in taking back Mandalore.
Ahsoka Tano banters with Din Djarin in The Mandalorian Season 2, Episode 5 about how ironic it would be if a Jedi and a Mandalorian worked side by side. She suggested that despite her previous work with Mandalorians, an alliance between Jedi and Mandalorian was still rare
Even in Star Wars: Rebels, where Kanan Jarrus (a Jedi Knight), his Padawan Ezra Bridger, and Sabine Wren (a Mandalorian) were part of the Ghost rebel crew, prejudices between Jedi and Mandalorians resurfaced at times. Even though Sabine was also from House Vizsla, she got along splendidly with her Jedi teammates. But when Kanan Jarrus had to teach her how to use the Darksaber, he blamed that the reason for his anger was his prejudices against Sabine’s Mandalorian heritage.
Whatever the era, the important thing to remember is that despite their tumultuous history, Mandalorians and Jedi will put their differences aside while facing a common foe. The Mandalorians, as we can see with the Galactic Empire in ‘Rebels and The Mandalorian’ and Maul in the ‘Clone Wars, are resilient and adaptable people. The Mandalorian-Jedi War, on the other hand, shaped the Mandalorians into the warriors they are today. So it’s unlikely they’ll forget it, even if they decide to forgive it.