Thursday, September 24, 2009

The Women Warriors of the Amazon

The word Amazon itself has some connotation with breasts.

In the picture:  The Amazons were a mythical race of warrior women renowned for their skills in archery and horsemanship. This marble statue depicting a wounded Amazon is a Roman copy of a Greek bronze original dated around 450–425 B.C. The original bronze may have stood in the sanctuary of Artemis at Ephesus on the coast of Asia Minor, where the Amazons had legendary and cultic connections with the goddess.

Here, the mythical warrior woman has been stripped of her weapons and horse, and wounded under her right breast. She wears a short, sleeveless chiton unfastened at one shoulder and belted at the waist with a makeshift bit of bridle from her horse. Despite her plight, this Amazon shows no sign of pain or fatigue. She gently leans on the pillar at her left and rests her right arm gracefully on her head in a gesture often used to denote sleep or death.

(Picture & description from the NY Metropolitan Museum)

Maybe I was born in the wrong century. I have a fascination and myself have indulged in ancient forms of combat (Tae Kwon Do; Kykoshin; Karate; Archery; Fencing) as well as equestrian pursuits. I aspire to be stoic and graceful; to show no sign of pain or fatigue, even when I incur the piercing wrath of Artemis. Regrettably, my slight case of dyslexia has always given me challenge when trying to discern my "left" from my "right." It afflicts me yet again. Instead of amputating my right breast, it was the left I allowed to be lobbed-off. No wonder I have so peeved the goddess.


  1. As of Friday, 25 September, my body has now been re-conformed to closer resemble that of the mythical Amazonian warrior. I had the first round of expansion done (as part of my reconstruction) -- I have literally been blown up. And, now I am VERY lopsided -- imagine an over full water balloon. I actually had to use those "fluffies" that they gave me pre-surgery to "stuff" my bra on the right side so I would not attract stares! Its middle-school flashbacks! UGH!

  2. Hey TC,
    If you are left handed, then you would be fine, as you would remove the left breast.
    I'm continually awed by your postings. Know that I follow them and am laughing/crying/disbelieving with you. My prayers are with you.

  3. Hey Dor, words cannot express how much it means to me to have you are a "follower"! Note that now with the "expansion" last Friday, I am looking more Amazonian!