The Women Warriors of the Amazon
The women warrior of the Amazon is an account of the fascinating people who cut their right breasts off. They would go to any extent to achieve victory. Are the Amazonian women real or are they the figment of someone's imagination.
According to myth, the Amazons were an all-female society of fierce warriors who supposedly lived in the area north of the
The debate whether Amazons existed intensified when Jeannine Davis-Kimball, the head archaeologist of a site in
The curved leg bones of one woman attest to a life spent on horseback, which according to Davis-Kimball is evidence of women's participation in activities that were traditionally male dominated in
Greek mythology describes the Amazons as descendants of the god of war, Ares, and the sea nymph, Harmonia. They worshipped Artemis, goddess of the hunt and exactly where the Amazons territory was has always been disputed. Herodotus believed they may have occupied the sweeping steppes of
The Greeks, Romans and other early civilizations wrote about or depicted the Amazons in their art. The name Amazon has survived through the ages as a generic term for women warriors. But until recently most of the historians who accepted these same ancient authors and artists as credible sources for information on other aspects of their society dismissed their descriptions of the Amazons as myth.
There is a growing body of evidence that the Amazons were as real as the civilizations who wrote of them. They governed large areas of
A number of these cities stamped coins commemorating their Amazon founders and built statues and temples in their honor. This fact that the Amazon women were indeed real has been corroborated by historian Jessica Salmonson. According to her the Amazons belonged to different matriarchal societies, one of which was a clan of Libyan women warriors who originated on Tritonia, an island off the African coast.
Even Herodotus wrote of the Libyan Amazons military power that was in prominence in the late sixth century BC.
The Amazon society was described as stringently matriarchal. Males were of no use other than for mating purposes and as slaves, doing work that was traditionally performed by women. The limbs of the men were amputated so that they could not rebel and escape. Male babies were either given away at birth to neighbouring tribes or killed. From an early age Amazons were trained in the arts of war. Apparently the right breast of the young Amazon girl was cauterized by her mother so that she would be deft with the various weapons of war.
Stories abound about different Amazon queens who displayed great valor in battle. Nyabinghi, better known as "the hidden queen" defeated the English and rescued her people from a life of abject slavery. Ya Asantewa, an
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