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Kushite warrior queens were formidable. Source: McKinney Photography / Adobe Stock.

Crazy Life of A Warrior Queen In The Kingdom of Kush (Video)

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In the depths of Africa's history, the Kingdom of Kush and its warrior queens emerge as captivating enigmas. Unlike many ancient civilizations, the Kushites held their female children in high regard as potential warriors, akin to the mythical Amazon sisters. From birth, Kushite girls faced rigorous training in combat, stealth, and unwavering loyalty. Survival meant enduring exposure and physical hardships, with even theft encouraged for sustenance. The girls learned not just the art of war but also reading, writing, rhetoric, and poetry. At age 12, they shed clothing and possessions, sleeping outdoors and making reed beds. Instigated fights among them, orchestrated by elders, toughened them further. Weakness was not tolerated; punishments were severe.

The "contest of endurance" was a brutal initiation rite, where young warrior queens endured floggings and fought for honor. Survival marked them as true Kushite warriors. Around the age of 20, potential leaders joined a secret force to terrorize neighboring villages. This annual event, marked by killings, ensured the villages' obedience and population control. Armed with spears, iconic ground shields, and short swords or axes, the warrior queens were formidable. Surrender was unthinkable; they believed in fighting fearlessly until victory or death.

Top image: Kushite warrior queens were formidable. Source: McKinney Photography / Adobe Stock.

By Robbie Mitchell

 
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I’m a graduate of History and Literature from The University of Manchester in England and a total history geek. Since a young age, I’ve been obsessed with history. The weirder the better. I spend my days working as a freelance... Read More

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