Asgarda – Amazons of the Ukraine

asgarda_coverFrench Photographer Guillaume Herbaut has recently published photographs of a relatively secret Ukrainian tribe of women that have purposely segregated themselves from society due to the country’s high rates of sexual trafficking and gender oppression.

Herbaut’s photos date back to 2004 when the Ukraine was amidst the Orange Revolution.

The Asgarda, as the women refer to themselves, number around 150, and hope to revive “the tribal traditions of the Scythian Amazons of ancient Greek mythology.”

Primarily students of varying ages and backgrounds, they “train in martial arts, taught by former Soviet karate master, Volodymyr Stepanovytch, and learn life skills and sciences in order to become ideal women.”


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