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[–] ArsCortica [S] 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago 

A thing to bear in mind is that (at least from my understanding) Scythian woman warriors were chiefly relegated to defensive roles for their tribes and/or family units, protecting their kin when the men were out raiding or whatever is was.

Not that I want to downplay their role - with the men away, the tribe was as its most vulnerable towards attacks from other, hostile tribes. And as Rudyard Kipling once noted, "The Female of the Species" can turn into something considerably scary if she finds her family being threatened.

Interestingly, a similar kind of woman warrior exists in the Japanese Onna-bugeisha, who likewise were trained to defend their homestead, and used long pole-weapons (chiefly the Naginata) to alleviate their inferior physical strength when compared to male aggressors.