…and the Amazons. Because this entry really is more about them, than it is about Wondy haha.
I got a copy of The Original Encyclopedia of Comic Book Heroes: Volume Two, featuring Wonder Woman on sale last weekend. From Php 959 to just Php 99, hell yeah. Much love to Cielo, who found it in the discount pile for me. ❤
I always assumed that the Amazons’ patron goddess was Athena. It was only fitting, after all, her being goddess of war and wisdom. Or Hera, queen of the gods, since they swear by her.
But it’s neither.
Which brings me to the biggest revelation I’ve gotten from this book: it’s actually Aphrodite.
The story goes, Earth was ruled by two gods: Ares, who wants men to rule with the sword; and Aphrodite, who thinks women shall conquer men with love. Ares’ swordsmen slew and plundered their weaker brothers and women were sold as slaves.
To retaliate, Aphrodite created, with her own hands, a race of super women– the Amazons, who were stronger than men. She then gave her own magical girdle to Hyppolita, the Amazon queen, and the condition that as long as she wears it, the Amazons shall be unconquerable.
The Amazons defeat Ares’ armies, Ares finds a champion in Hercules and Hercules is defeated in battle.(You can tell, I’m having difficulty summarizing.)
Pride wounded, Hercules finds another way to get at the Amazons. He seduces Hyppolita and steals the magic girdle. Without it, the Amazons are defeated and taken prisoner.
In desperation, they cry out for Aphrodite,who releases them on the condition that they always wear their wristbands as a reminder of what it is to submit to men’s domination.
They then defeat Hercules and sail to Themyscira where they establish a paradise where no man where enter.
I don’t know if DC has rebooted the Amazon’s origin since this (the encyclopedia was first published in 1976), but I’m kind of a mythology buff and I totally just ate this version up.
I still haven’t read the whole thing thoroughly because the encyclopedia’s a little too text-heavy for recreational reading, but I do want to get my hands on the Batman and Superman editions too.