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- The AMAZONS were a nation of FIERCE WOMEN WARRIORS who CUT OFF THEIR RIGHT
BREAST so they could shoot the bow and arrow more easily in war!
- In Greek Mythology, the Amazons were a nation of women warriors, ruled
by a queen. In the 400's B.C., Greeks believed that the Amazons were barbaric and
non-Greek. No men were permitted to live in their country, which was
located on the south coast of the Black Sea. The name "Amazon" came from
the Greek "a-mazos", which means "without a breast",
because the Amazons allegedly cut off their right breast so they could shoot better with a
bow and arrow in war. The Amazons were violent, dominating, totally tyrannical, yet
- The Amazons lived in Asia Minor (peninsula of Western Asia, between the Black Sea and
the Mediterranean Sea), where women fought and governed and the men were
subjugated to perform household duties. Amazon women had to kill an enemy in
battle to prove she was a true Amazon. Girls born to Amazons were brought up by the
Amazons and male children were sent back to their fathers. Some men were kept for
mating purposes, but had the status of SLAVES, and were only allowed to do the tasks which
would be done by women in other countries. Allegedly, these mens' legs and arms
were mutilated to prevent them from challenging the Amazons.
The Amazons invaded Greece, the Arabian Peninsula, Egypt, Libya, Asia Minor, Syria,
Phrygia and Thrace. They fought on foot and horseback, carrying shields, spears, bows,
arrows and axes. Their days consisted of hunting and war exercises. The Amazon Queen
Hippolyta owned the golden girdle, which was a symbol of her royal power, given to her by
the God Ares: the God of War.
All throughout history there have been societies where women have more
importance than men and the mothers rights exceed the fathers. This is called
"MATRIARCHATE" and most likely the myth of the Amazon Women Warriors came from
tales of those societies.
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