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October 31, 2012

The Asgarda

Girls and women from across Ukraine meet to study history, life skills and an ancient Cossack martial art, Bojovyj Hopak (YouTube link), wielding scythes, pickaxes and Japanese chained nunchucks.

A former PE teacher, Tarnouska is a formidable presence – handsome Slavic bone structure and wheatish skin accented by a tattooed bicep bearing the insignia of the Ukrainian National Movement (a centuries-old resistance movement to Ukraine's many occupiers). Yet her 200 followers clearly dote on her rousing brand of girl power. Between issuing imperious orders she told me that her charges were heirs to the Amazons: the proud warrior women first celebrated by the Ancient Greeks, said to have hailed from Scythia, to the east of modern-day Ukraine.

The article is a couple years old but I expect you will forgive me for drawing your attention to it. We need more women like this.

Posted by Ghost of a flea at October 31, 2012 08:44 AM