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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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
But two myths I should like to address.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Ask questions on Looking for Amazons
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