The Warrior Goddess, Myth or Reality
Women have never really been the pinnacles of conversation so far as their role as warriors is concerned but in years gone by who were these woman warriors that featured in our history? Were they for real or just myth or folklore?
Annie Oakley the female part of the duo from the wild west shooting stage show ‘Buffalo Bill’s Wild West’ was very well know for her skills with a riffle and although it is reported that she taught over 15,000 women to use a gun and she did in 1898 offer the American government 50 lady sharpshooters with their own guns and ammunition to be part of the forces against Spain her offer was not accepted.
Maria Rosa from Brazil was just a wee slip of a girl aged 15 years old but she was reported to have fought in the Contestado war, a war fought for land between the settlers and the landowners. She fought in white clothes ridding upon a white horse with a divine inspiration to guide the way but this was a film made in 1916, was the film based on a real girl?
Molly Pitchers was the nickname given to a woman who was supposed to have manned the canons during the war between the English and Americans but it was also the name given to the women who brought water to the soldiers on the battlefield. Is this again folklore? Are there any warrior goddesses in our past?
It seems so far that people like the romanticism of female fighters and warrior goddesses do seem to have been lifted high upon a pedestal over time but there must be some solid evidence of true life women in combat.
Joan of Arc is the national heroine of France. She led the French army to victory but was captured by the Burgundians and sold to the English who burnt her at the stake at the age of nineteen. Later she was found to be innocent of all counts against her and she was declared a martyr. People believed her claim that God had told her to recover France from the English in the hundred years’ war. She wrote a letter to the English in 1429.
“King of England, and you, Duke of Bedford, who call yourself regent of the kingdom of France…settle your debt to the king of heaven; return to the Maiden, who is envoy of the king of Heaven, the keys to all the good towns you took and violated in France.”
Her letter to the English, March-April 1429; Quicherat 1, p. 240, trans. Wikipedia
Is Joan of Arc the closest we get to a Warrior Goddess?
Amazon Women, most of us have heard about the giant, beautiful race of Amazon women warriors who lived near the river Thermodon. They fought in battle just like the male warriors, attacking Athens and Antiope. Some think they are myth but skeletons of women buried along with horses and spears is a strong indication that these women did fight along side men in the battle of the Greeks and Amazons.
There are so many reports of women warriors in past Centuries. Many are myth but there are an incredible amount of strong brave women who did fight for their Countries, their cause, their religion or their family. This is just a very brief look at the women who made a difference.