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