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Ukranian. Fighting. Women.

February 14th, 2009 (11:06 am)

via chantalzola, I give you Ukranian. Fighting. Women.

French photojournalist Guillaume Herbaut spent some time with an unusual and tough group of 150 Ukrainian women who call themselves “Asgarda.” These women live in the Carpathian Mountains and follow a rigorous routine of fighting and boxing, often with medieval weaponry.

The women idolize Yulia Tymoshenko, the icon of the Orange Revolution and leader of the Ukrainian Fatherland party.

(I empathize with them, as I also, er, idolize Yulia Tymoshenko, for reasons that are entirely above-board and intellectual.)

English Russia did a post on them here, with lots of Herbaut's photos. (You can also see Herbaut's pics on photoshelter here.) Question: greatest thing ever, or greatest thing ever?

Also: they have bad-ass haircuts.


Posted by: Not your everyday Viking angel (shadowvalkyrie)
Posted at: February 14th, 2009 04:47 pm (UTC)
excused from saving universes

Interesting! If this was less about Ukrainian nationalism and more about livin' the Amazon life, I'd inquire if they take applications... Their weapon choices look awesome! Bad-ass indeed!

Posted by: silk_noir (silk_noir)
Posted at: February 14th, 2009 11:59 pm (UTC)
Oh noes


I just have a feeling.

Posted by: David Hines (hradzka)
Posted at: February 15th, 2009 06:12 pm (UTC)
oh john ringo no

I somehow doubt they are looking for an outsider to come in and rule them and deflower their virgins.

They just don't give that vibe. I know it when I see it!

Posted by: Novelist, lawyer, adventurer... (webpetals)
Posted at: February 15th, 2009 03:11 am (UTC)

Coolest. Thing. Ever. Those ladies look as though they're just waiting for an excuse to open up a can of some major Medieval whupass.

Posted by: David Hines (hradzka)
Posted at: February 15th, 2009 06:13 pm (UTC)

I like the flail. That's a nice touch.

(Also: they clearly have watched XENA: WARRIOR PRINCESS really really really a lot. This is not a bad thing.)

Posted by: Elleria (elleria)
Posted at: February 15th, 2009 03:39 am (UTC)

Interesting indeed.

Posted by: Betty (brown_betty)
Posted at: February 15th, 2009 05:38 am (UTC)

Hah, Awesome! But I'm kind of glad they're confining themselves to hand-to-hand, a single-sex group of 150 fighters kinda looks like a freaky militia.

Posted by: David Hines (hradzka)
Posted at: February 15th, 2009 06:11 pm (UTC)

...and this is wrong how?

(Of course, I'm the kind of guy who'd only be *happier* if the Asgarda had lots of guns. I think they're pretty neat as is, though; they look like LARPers who'll fuck your shit up.)

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