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Looking for Amazons

An Amazon Soldier's View

Looking for Amazons in patriarchal history is a perilous pursuit. It is like reading a history of cats written by mice. Mice do not know a great deal about cats, and what they do know tends to prejudice them.

From the ancient writers you will hear any amount of nonsense (it even appears that we cut off our right breasts!) as well as odd stories explaining how we find men to make babies and what we do with the male children - as if we were members of the woman-half of their race! (If you are unsure what we really are, look here, then report back).

From the modern scholar - a breed of fool who makes the old Athenian look almost intelligent - you will learn that we did not exist. It is obviously impossible (say these people who spend the rest of their time telling us that the only difference between men and women is "social conditioning") that femíni could ever create a society of their own, far less take up arms to defend it when necessary.

My private opinion is that femíni probably could do both those things, but that is quite irrelevant to the question of Amazons.

But if we did not exist, why did the Athenians spend so much time in depicting us? Why do their histories record that we laid siege to their boastful city (hardly a story to their credit), and why does the great Indian Epic, the Ramayana, describe us and place our Eastern capital of that time, Themiscyra, in exactly the same place that the Greeks held it to be?

But enough of this. If you doubted your own existence, you would hardly be here.

But being exiled in this strange place, you may have heard a great deal from those who have neither love for Amazons nor much authentic knowledge of Amazons. What should you believe?

In the following lectures we shall be setting the record straight on some of the more important questions.

Did Amazons really worship the Greek Goddess Artemis and Ares the male "god" of war? Is that really a likely thing for Amazons to do? We shall devote a whole lecture to that subject.

What about the Amazon Queens recorded by the Greeks? Did they exist? What were they really like? What about the campaigns of conquest? Did they happen? And if so why? Again this is a large subject that needs at least one lecture of its own.

But two myths I should like to address.

First the myth that Amazons were a warlike people. The simple fact is that patriarchal societies only came into contact with Amazons in time of war. Our societies were self-contained and had no truck with the patriarch, who, to say the least of the matter, held no attraction for Amazons. To the small extent that we interacted with schizomorphs it was with those who adhered, at least vestigially to the older ways.

Our lives were for the most part, peaceful and harmonious. The various Amazon nations have never taken up arms against one another, and violence between individuals and families is virtually unknown.

We had a military tradition because, for obvious reasons, it became necessary for Amazons to have one; but those who see us as a nation in arms have no idea of the gentle, golden society that lay at the heart of the Amazon nations, behind (and made possible by) the ring of spears.

The second myth I would address here can be dealt with very briefly. The myth that it was ever necessary for Amazons to consort with mascûli for the purposes of reproduction.

There is a soldier's answer to that, but it is a rough one. So I shall simply say:

It is not the case.

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Related resources:

The Amazons: World History Timeline

The "Amazon Woman" in History

Artemis and the Amazons: Did the Amazons really worship Artemis? And what did that really mean? What about Ares, mascûlic "god" of war?

Myrine: The First Queen of the Amazons