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The True Story of The Amazons, The Real Wonder Woman from Amazon



Wonder Woman movie will be released this week. The Greek legend that inspired the History of Princess of the Amazons came to life by true female warriors in the Amazon.

For the Greeks, women without breasts (a-mazôn) were barbaric because they did not know the laws of the polis, whereas the Germanic Valkyries were men-women who were dangerously inclined to the confrontational.

Wonder Woman On The Big Screen

Wonder Woman On The Big Screen

As one of the most popular female comic-book superheroes of all time, Wonder Woman is now reaching the movie theaters.

Wonder Woman’s origin story in the first years described her as being sculpted from clay by her mother, Queen Hippolyta, and given life by Aphrodite.

She had superhuman powers as gifts from the Greek Gods.

But in the comics modern version, she became the daughter of Zeus and jointly raised by her mother Hippolyta and her aunts Antiope and Menalippe.

For this version of the movie in 2017, before she was Wonder Woman, she was Diana, Princess of the Amazons, trained to be an unconquerable warrior.

Raised on a sheltered island paradise, Diana meets an American pilot who tells her about the massive conflict that’s raging in the outside world.

Convinced that she can stop the threat, Diana leaves her home for the first time.

Fighting alongside men in a war to end all wars, she finally discovers her full powers and true destiny.

The Real Amazon Warriors, the Mythical Civilization

Since the early days, when explorers arrived in the Amazon, encounters with Female Warriors are one of the most intriguing and controversial episodes in our history.

Gaspar de Carvajal, in 1541, in the most celebrated text on the subject, described a city of stone. “Inhabited by women warriors with huge temples dedicated to the sun and full of idols made of gold and silver.

Carvajal placed it at the mouth of the river Jamundá, near the Rio Negro.

About the 24th of  June 1542, Francisco de Orellana fought with a tribe of Tapuyas approaching the Trombetas River.

The women of the tribe attacked the European explorer’s crew.

And Amazon’s Myth begun

Orellana called them Amazons, a derived word from the name Amazonas from the mythical Amazons of Asia described by Herodotus and Diodorus in Greek legends.

The Spanish explorer description of the European World fueled an extensive repertoire of stereotyped images.

The myth of the Amazons fascinated European to the point of being included in majestic illustrations of cartography.

French naturalist La Condamine during his expedition to the Brazilian interior collected oral information about the ancient existence of these controversial characters.

According to indigenous contemporaries to Condamine, a republic of women would have existed in the lands of the river Negro.

The Real Amazon Warriors, the Mythical Civilization

At one point, many legends started to mix.

Myths such as the imaginary cities of Eldorado, Manoa, Lake Parimá, and Acephalous Indians like the Ewaipanomas.

On the famous map of Theodor de Bry, Tabula Geographica (1599), all these myths appear together along the great equatorial river.

With time some of these so-called legends lost credibility among Europeans.

But the Wonder Women from Amazon was still a fascination.

Know by the locals as Comapuíras, or women without husbands,

Modern explorers like La Condamine (the mid-eighteenth century) and the Count of Castelnau (nineteenth-century) perpetuated the existence of this mythical society.

They demonstrated that the subject was far from being considered merely a chimerical episode.

The Mysterious Amazon statue

French traveler and explorer, Francis de La Porte, began his expedition through the interior of Brazil in 1843.

His mission was entrusted by the French government.

In the region of Barra do the Rio Negro do Pará, in Manaus, Castelnau would have found a statue.

This statue and other objects collected were sent to an exhibition at the Musée Impérial du Louvre in Paris.

It would be just another sample of travel in the 1800s, were it not for small detail.

The sculpture was labeled in 1847 as being originated from an Amazonian civilization.

The explorer also confirmed the same statement to the newspaper L’Illustration.

But historian Antonio Baena denied what happened in a letter; the statue would be a monkey-shaped stone.

The statuette made, at the end of the 18th century, by a mason named Jacinto Almeida.

In the photo from the statuette provided by Castelnau in 1850, it appears a representation of a human being, with hands juxtaposed in the chest and with the base seeming to merge with an ape.

The region comprising the Negro River was already well-known by Brazilians and foreigners in their prehistoric aspects.

The village of Itacoatiara, near Manaus, was described in 1848 because of its immense amount of stones and painted slabs.

Itacoatiara means painted stone in their native language.

Marshal Cunha Matos mentioned rock figures from the Negro River, as well as indigenous tribes that would retain Phoenician traces.

But Were the Amazon Female Warriors Real or Not?

The Brazilian Historical and Geographical Institute’s Commission examined all real facts, witness reports, and anthropological studies about native tribes from Amazon.

The Real Amazon Warriors, the Mythical Civilization

Researchers Jose Rebello and Lino Rabello believed they found the answer.

They concluded that most of the evidence pointed that witness met with women from a private indigenous group.

It is possible that the men of those tribes were momentarily absent, possibly hunting.

In recent years the FUNAI (National Indian Foundation) in Brazil had encounters with small native groups in similar situations.

For some researchers, this became a reasonable explanation, while for others, there is a margin of doubt.


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Top 3: Most dangerous animals in the Amazon! They will surprise you!




Beautiful and little known, the freshwater stingrays are common in the Amazon are among the poisonous animals that cause most accidents in the western region of Para According to the Instituto Butantan, they lead the rankings with jararacas stings and scorpions – dangerous animals already well known in other Brazilian regions.

3. Jararaca

It has 1.5 m is found in wetlands, land, and sometimes even inside the houses.

The sting causes pain and swelling, and bruises and blisters. There may be infection and rotting of the skin at the sting site.

In case of accident, you must wash the affected site with soap and water. The person should be calm, with arms or legs raised. The victim must be taken to an emergency room or hospital to take snake antivenoms.

The best way to avoid accidents is to avoid walking shoes and put his hand in places where the snake can live, such as holes, pastures, rocks or piles of wood. To take away from close to home, you should avoid garbage and rats.

2. Black Scorpio

It can reach 9 cm and has a sting in the tail end.

The sting is painful, but symptoms such as tingling and feeling of shock spread through the body. The heart races and there may be difficulty walking.

If someone is bitten, you should wash the wound with soap and water. You should keep the person quiet and take her to a hospital quickly, to see if there is need to take serum.

To ward off the animal, you should avoid the accumulation of trash or weeds around the house. Also do not put hands or feet in holes, piles of wood or rotten logs.

1. Ray-of-fire

Lives at the bottom of rivers and has a serrated and sharp sting in the tail.

The sting causes a deep cut, bleeding, pain, swelling and infection. There may be rotting skin.

If someone is injured, the ideal is to wash the bite with warm water, to lessen the pain. Must seek a health center to make a dressing and see if you need drugs to reduce pain and inflammation.

To avoid accidents, we must walk carefully in the water, dragging his feet. When getting off the boat, it’s good poke at the bottom of the river with a stick to scare the fish.

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Archaeologists find ancient burial pits in Amazon




A team of archaeologists found two burial site with pottery vessels in Calçoene a site in northern Amapá, Amazon.

The site has been known since 2006 because of stone circles that were found on the ground.

Now, however, the group led by John Saldanha and Mariana Cabral, the Institute for Scientific and Technological Amapá (Iepa) explored what lay beneath the large rocky plates deposited at the site.

Saldanha said that the wells are about a thousand years and found that the vessels are amazing because they have human forms, such as ceramics found by the famous researcher Emilio Goeldi in the nineteenth century in the region of Cunani.

The people who dug the wells had the habit of stripping and separating the bones of their dead by placing them in separate groups in urns stay in the side chambers to the main hole in the ground.

The circles of large stones on the ground that characterize the site had a religious function.

According to Saldanha, is currently in the region of Oiapoque Indians who have similar burial, but it is unclear whether they were descendants of people who lived in Calçoene.


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Strange Geoglyphs Discovered Beneath Clearcut Amazon jungle




With the aid of satellite imagery from Google Earth, soon archeologists in Brazil will be finding more and more large geometric designs carved into the ground in the Amazon rainforest. The geoglyphs are believed to have been sculpted by ancient people from the Amazon region around 700 years ago, though their purpose is still unknown. So far, nearly 300 geoglyphs have been identified, but with advances in satellite imaging–and increased clearing of the jungle coverage–scientists are hoping to discover many more of these strange, geometric designs.

One of the factors that contributed to so many geoglyphs being undetected prior to the aid of satallites is their enormous size. According to leading geoglyph scientist Alceu Ranzi, his latest discoveries–five sets of geometric shapes, with circles, squares and lines–can measure more than a mile from one extreme to another.

Because they’ve been so hard to find, the first geoglyphs weren’t discovered until the 1970s. Since then, scientists have been trying to piece together what significance they may have had to ancient Amazonians. What ever the purpose may have been, there’s one thing that is certain: the ancient civilizations of the rainforest were more numerous and sophisticated than previously imagined.

According to a report from Globo, the new marks were only discovered because the jungle coverage had been removed to due to deforestation in the Amazon. These structures are deep, with grooves are as large as 12 meters wide and four deep, but it is believed that they were built when jungle abounded–which would make their construction all the more difficult.

Check the places here (in portuguese)

Source: TreeHugger

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