I have always had a love of King Arthur and The Knights of the Round Table, so when anew movie or book comes out with the fantasy and lore of the famous story comes out, I am an eager beaver to watch/read it. In my favorite film about the infamous knights, the soldiers were part of the Sarmatians.
Researching them, I have fallen in love with the female warriors who fought beside there male counterparts. While the movie portrays only a small tribe of local British warriors having females fighting, the truth is many tribes and countries had the women folk as warriors.
Sarmatians ranged from 5'5" to 5'10". Were said to have hair the color of the sun, and fierce looking eyes. While they occupied what is known as today as Ukraine, and Southern Russia, they were fair of skin, and light of eyes.
Herodotus wrote :
According to Greek historian Herodotus (c. 484 – c. 425 BC), the Sarmatians hailed from Amazons who had mated with Scythian males, and the female Sarmatians “have continued from that day to the present to observe their ancient [Amazon] customs, frequently hunting on horseback with their husbands; in war taking the field; and wearing the very same dress as the men“.
Herodotus also claimed that Sarmatian women did not marry until they had killed a man in battle.
While much lore and fascination has come from the Amazonian women, The myths of them have definitely outweighs what we truly know. Lore tells us that the Amazonian females lived in an all female civilization. They would take men that came too close to there villages as slaves, and use them purely to mate with. Once they outlived their usefulness, they would then turn the males into pigs and feast upon them.
While the myth is one that many females love, is it really just indicative of the fact that these women felt superior to males, and that the male side of our species is nothing but an animal that wallows in the mud, and is no better than the beast that we slaughter to sustain ourselves.
I've actually gotten off tract as usual. Me and my rabbit holes. If I had a "Here's Your Sign" name, it would say Squirrel! or Shiny!
While my favorite Arthur movie has the Sarmatians joining with the British-Roman empire, history tells us that while they joined with the Alans, they didn't merge with the British-Romans, but rather raided them until they were concord by the Huns. Fleeing the Huns, they moved eastward with the Germanic tribes known by then as the Visigoths. They latter move into what is now known as North Africa, until there defeat by the Byzantine Army.
The byzantine are a great story all themselves, but today I am merely researching the wonder of the female Sarmatian warriors. Whether you want to believe in the Lore and Myth, or just follow the true and historical recordings, it is clear to see that they open the imagination to so many possibilities. So many stories to tell. So many hearts to break, and patch up.
What do you think of these beautiful, powerful women?