Amazon: In Greek mythology, Amazons were fierce women warriors. In the book Warrior Women by Dr. Davis-Kimball, she both establishes the historical basic for Amazons, and explains how the Greeks used the myth as a cautionary tale to remind the Athenian women to maintain their subservient, docile roles.
The etymology is popularly thought to mean without breasts, suggesting that breasts would be detrimental to women archers. However, women in Mongolia regularly demonstrate archery skills unfettered by their breasts. The name more likely derives from no husbands.
A Book for Today: Warrior Women by Jeannine Davis-Kimball
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