Ancient Amazons II


                                                           G. Spalenka
 
 
 

For the real Amazons of Greek mythology are not of dust or decay, but of marble friezes and graceful amphoras and poets nodding upon grassy hillocks in Ionia.  They are shining young women in shining armor, living with a horse between their legs and arrogantly scrawling the supremacy of their sex on the unending scroll of the wind.
                                                          D. Sobol
 


The Amazons existed; their tribes were a basic primitive form of female social pattern; and if there are so many legends of felmale-only islands, it is because Amazon tribes often lived on islands.  When these Amazon societies were destroyed by male supremacist societies, lesbians became the heiresses of an ever-menaced culture that had to move from islands of stone and sand to psycho-spiritual shelters, to "mind-drifting islands."
                                                        B. Weinbaum



 

The Amazons didn't just engage in battle.   they performed deeds influenced by the gods, transcending life's realities.



Amazons
Greek name for Goddess worshipping tribes in north Africa, Anatolia, and the Black Sea area.  Suetonius said, "Amazons once ruled over a large part of Asia."  As late as the 5th century A.D., the Black Sea was still known as the Amazon Sea.  Libya which used to mean all of North Africa except Egypt was also Amazonian.  Herodotus spoke of Libyan Amazons.  Diodorus, first century Greek historian, called them "the warlike women of Libya.
The ancients said Amazons werer the first to tame horses, which may well account for their armies' legendary invincibility.  In open country, mounted troops whether male or female would have a decided advantage over foot soldiers.

Greek myth says Amazon tribes occupied Cappadocia, Samonthrace, and Lesbos, and founded the cities of Smyrna, Ephesus, Cymes, Myrine, and Paphos, all leading centers of Goddess worship.  amazons came to the aid of matriarchal Troy in the Trojan War.  The Amazon Queen Penthesileia fell beneath the sword of Achilles.



Medusa

Classic myth made Medusa the terrible Gorgon whose look turned men to stone.  the Argives said Medusa was a Libyan queen
beheaded by their ancestral her Perseus, who brought her head (or ceremonial mask) back to Athens.

Actually, Medusa was the serpent goddess of the Libyan Amazons, representing "female wisdom."  She was the Destroyer aspect of the Triple Goddess called Neith in Egypt, Ath-enna or Athene in North Africa.  Her inscription at Sais called her "mother of all the gods, whom she bore before childbirth existed."  She was the past, present, and future: "All that has been, that is, and taht will be."  So famous was this description of her that Christians later copied it on behalf of Jehovah (Revelation 1:8).
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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