Asgarda Power


FROM: Youth Happenings

Twin sisters, 17, Yaryna on left, Chrystyna on right, students

Riot grrrls of the Amazon variety. Amidst the Ukraine’s high rates of sex trafficking and gender oppression, a new movement of empowered women takes form—Asgarda—a tribe of Ukrainian women, mostly students, who live together in the Carpathian Mountains seeking complete autonomy from men. Approximately 150 women live together under the leadership of 30-something Katerina Tarnousk. Reviving the tribal traditions of the Scythian Amazons of ancient Greek mythology, the Asgarda train in martial arts, taught by former Soviet karate master, Volodymyr Stepanovytch, and learn life skills and sciences in order to become ideal women French photographer Guillaume Herbaut met the Asgarda in 2004 and documented their daily life and studies.

Mariana Kulchitska, 19, student in foreign languages (English and Japanese).

Marianna Revenko, 19. She studies at the polytechnical institute in Iviev.

Lyudmyia Ogoronyk, 19, student in economics in Iviev University.

Like the Cossacks, the Amazons shave their hair around their ears to symbolize their progress in the groups hierarchy.

Ceremony for the young women who went through the first step of the hierarchy of the Amazons.

Members of the Asgarda movement.

via Plant Mag and oeil public