Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Amazon Warriors

The Wikipedia Amazons page:

I found an interesting tidbit on the page talking about how the warriors would cut off their breast  to be able to shoot their arrows easier:

Among Classical Greeks, amazon was given a popular etymology as from a-mazos, "without breast", connected with an etiological tradition that Amazons had their right breast cut off or burnt out, so they would be able to use a bow more freely and throw spears without the physical limitation and obstruction; there is no indication of such a practice in works of art, in which the Amazons are always represented with both breasts, although the right is frequently covered.

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