One of the joys of reading Amazons!, edited by the lyrical and moody transsexual author Jessica Amanda Salmonson, is the introduction made of biographical essays on various historical warrior women.
One of my personal fights for survival as a child was the question of wanting to be what I was not,
and the destructive power of that desire. Therefore, learning that wanting to be a warrior
was not actually a one-to-one congruence with wanting to be male
was a profound relief to me.
In honor of Ms. Salmonson, her own battles, and the reinforcements she offered to mine, I will begin posting historical evidence of Amazons myself, together with the source, so that, as you need, you may go find out more.
First up: a possible Amazon of the Peruvian Moche, as brought to us by the New York Times: A Peruvian Woman of A.D. 450 Seems to Have Had Two Careers
By JOHN NOBLE WILFORD, Published: May 17, 2006
"She was surrounded by weaving materials and needles, befitting a woman, and 2 ceremonial war clubs and 28 spear throwers — sticks that propel spears with far greater force [...]" and also "Lying near her was the skeleton of another young woman who was apparently sacrificed by strangulation with a hemp rope, which was still around her neck. Such sacrifices were common in Andean cultures."
she was a warrior and maybe
she just impressed the hell out of the warriors around her. She was rich, she was highly decorated with tattoos, she was buried near the summit of a pyramid, she had her own sacrifice buried with her.
More information can be found at the National Geographic
site, or in the June issue of the magazine.