Monday, February 09, 2009

The New Amazons








It's funny. Just yesterday, someone asked me if Pokrovia is real place. I explained that while the kingdom of Pokrovia exists only in the world of Kiki Strike, there IS a town in Russia that's known as Pokrovka. I "borrowed" the name after I read that the graves of an ancient race of warrior women had been discovered a few miles outside of the village. I figured Kiki Strike would have fit in quite well with them.

Back in ancient times, that particular part of the world was teeming with butt-kicking ladies. Among them were the legendary Amazons themselves, who lived in and around what is now the Ukraine. And it seems as if the women there still fancy a fight once in a while.

This morning I came across an interesting photo essay. French photojournalist Guillaume Herbaut recently journeyed to the Carpathian Mountains to spend time with a group of Ukrainian women who aspire to live like modern-day Amazons. They call themselves the Asgarda, and I gotta say, they look pretty tough to me. From what I can tell, their days are spent learning the martial arts, getting weird haircuts, and fighting with some awfully impressive "equipment."

I don't know about devoting my life to their cause, but I sure wouldn't mind hanging out with the Asgarda ladies for a month or two!

See more photos here.

27 Comments:

Anonymous Isabela said...

They seem pretty cool. I'm not sure if I could handle their life style, my motor coordination is not very good:)

3:54 PM  
Blogger Mags said...

kind of freaky in a good way

3:56 PM  
Blogger Jin Ai said...

That is pretty awesome...
I think Asgard is the land of the gods in Norse mythology.

It was great meeting you yesterday! Thanks for...um...being there?
and for signing the book :D

4:04 PM  
Blogger Jin Ai said...

PS - I turned 15 yesterday! :D am I the oldest one here? D:

4:04 PM  
Blogger Kiki Strike: Inside the Shadow City said...

JIN AI: No, I am far, far older than you. Happy birthday. Mine is next week.

4:08 PM  
Blogger Dahlia said...

That's pretty cool. I want to learn martial arts. It would be really cool to learn the five or more styles used in Avatar (I can't remember the names of any them).

4:14 PM  
Anonymous Hazel said...

Can I join, or do you have to speak Russian?

4:38 PM  
Blogger Air is Where said...

Happy Birthday to you all! As for me, I'd love to join them and learn martial arts and how to use that "equipment" you were talking about.

4:41 PM  
Anonymous Isabela said...

Jin Ai: I'm 16, so there are people older than you here. But I think Kirsten is the oldest one.(No I'm not calling you old K).

4:42 PM  
Anonymous Nellie said...

"teeming with butt-kicking ladies."

You are too funny!

5:29 PM  
Blogger Emerald said...

That's pretty cool. I feel the same. I would LOVE to spend a few months with those girls, but I don't know if I could live like that. Forever. :P

5:57 PM  
Anonymous Dakota Blue said...

right now, I feel like an idiot. How could I let this pass? Only one thing to do now! Let's see... I'll need a costume... and pie... and a fake mustache

7:03 PM  
Blogger falcon said...

Hmmmm..... not sure what to think.

8:06 PM  
Blogger Giant Squirrels or Bust! said...

Happy B-day K. Mine is Wednesday. Totally awesome amazons! It seems pretty intense to be them. Totally cool. Keep up the great blogging. The Chapel Hill Irregular!

8:09 PM  
Blogger Aye Ayes United! said...

Happy Birthday Anaka! Those amazons sound awesome, but I am not sure I'd like to be one. Sorry I couldn't make it to the reading, running away from home to the Shadow City wasn't an option. Best, Another Chapel Hill Irregular

8:12 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yeah, I could handle that for like, maybe . . . 6 hours? Less? JK. Who else is hyped for Kiki #3? And happy birthday to everybody present. (What, we all have one eventually, right?)

8:36 PM  
Anonymous fireisblinding said...

oh, thts pretty cool. and happy birth day!

8:39 PM  
Anonymous cupcakedoll said...

I wonder who that is on their shirts. It looks like a man, which seems strange for warrior women.

11:15 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

To distinguish myself from other anonymous people, I will call myself
~Guesswho13~
That is really really really really really cool.
wonder if I could join.....

1:09 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

AWESOME WICKED SICKNESS!!!!!

Hey, Friday the 13th is coming up. I have no school that day. I'm still deciding whether I should
go explore a tunnel in New York or pck the lock to some hidden treasure at my grandparents house and discover their dark past.


OR TAKE AN INNOCENT, LEGAL TRIP TO THE MALL!!!!!

That was a cover-up, believe me. i think the mall is BORING

6:27 PM  
Blogger Air is Where said...

malls are supposed to be boring, I think. on friday the 13th i'm going to be stuck at home. maybe i'll draw a picture of jason or something.

10:20 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm 14 on the 27th! I'm excited...I'd love to join the asgard...but I'm not sure if I like the shaved hair around ears...

2:17 PM  
Anonymous Olivia the Vampire said...

:) sorry, the one above was me

2:18 PM  
Blogger Invisible Turtle said...

Will they let me join them?

Jin Ai- I turned 15 on Friday. Happy Birthday!

5:12 PM  
Anonymous dangerous said...

I would totally spend some time there. Happy Birthday, to all who have one, to everyone else, aaaaa VERY merry unbirthday to you! Kirsten, backwords birthday gift.... perhaps the Kiki #3 preview? Puuuurty please?

6:21 PM  
Anonymous liltomboyblue said...

I think that is really awesome, but I don't think I would be able to hang out with just girls. I mean, they're awesome, but still... I hang out mostly with guys, and I like my hair the way it is ^ ^'

4:31 PM  
Anonymous lindseybookworm said...

Where's the sign-up sheet?

11:06 PM  

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