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The Asgarda, Ukraine's Warrior Women

25. September 2009 by Gregg 0 Comments

Asgarda, Ukrainian warrior women

The Amazons were a nation of female warriors in the old Greek myths. Supposedly based in Scythia, near what is now Ukraine, the matriarchal society of the Amazons raised girls from birth to fight in wars. They were notably mentioned in the Ilyad and in the exploits of Alexander the Great.

 

Modern-day Ukraine too, it seems, is home to a tribe that follows the lead of the ancient Amazons. Formed a number of years ago by Katerina Tarnouska, Asgarda describes itself as a complex system of harmonic development for women based on Cossack martial art Bojovyj Hopak and the elements of national Ukrainian dance. The women who have joined Asgarda have removed themselves from regular society and have moved out to a small community in the Carpathian Mountains.

Asgarda Moden Day Amazons

 

Having grown in four years to a community of 150, the Asgarda dedicate themselves to following the legends of the Amazon and the re-discovery of old Cossack culture. Holding the example of Ukrainian Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko as an ideal, these modern Amazons receive an education based on folk art, health, sport, and science and receive martial arts training from karate master, Volodymyr Stepanovytch.

 

Although the Amazons are the best known, there are various other legends about warrior women around Russia and Ukraine. The White Tights were supposedly a collection of women hailing from some of the Baltic States that would participate in anti-Russian sniper attacks in the late 1980’s. These legends resurfaced in 2008 during the short-lived Russia-Georgia conflict.

 

Asgarda Modern Ukrainian Amazons

HotRussianBrides.com has its own collection of warrior women in the Women with Weapons photo-gallery!

 

 

Photos by Guillaume Herbaut