whm- Kandake

Queen-of-MeroeWhen we think about Africa the Egyptians seem to get all the press,The totally understandable.  The Nile valley was home to a civilization just as interesting.  The Kingdom of Kush was a Nubian kingdom that lasted from 1070 BC – AD 350. It was founded at the end of Egypt’s New Kingdom in what is now Sudan.  The Kushite kingdom was also known as Ethiopia.

For this women’s history month entry, I’m focusing on the Kandake.  The Kandake was the title for Kushite queens who participated in combat.  The title translates to queen or queen-mother.  They are mentioned in the Bible and the Romances of Alexander the Great.

Alexander the Great was said to have come against the Kandake or Candace of Moroe(the capital in later years) They had a “romantic” encounter. Since Alexander didn’t go into Nubia, this is considered fantasy.

The earliest know Kandake to rule independently was Shanakdakhete(shown). Amanirrenas fended off Rome for five years. Amanishakheto is best known for her jewelry that was robbed from her tomb.  Amanitore is believed to be the kandake mentioned in the bible (Acts:8:26–40) she was one of th last rulers of the kingdom and was one of it’s greatest builders.

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WHM Elizabeth Bathory

Part of history includes the crappy things.Countess Elizabeth Bathory

16th Century Countess Elizabeth Bathory wouls be an awesome role model, in charge of a huge territory she successfully defended, shrewd business woman,  loving mother and wife, she spoke and wrote multiple languages, so many positive qualities. Too bad she was Psycho.

Literally.

She grew up in a horribly violent time in a violent family.  She got away with everything, spoiled literally rotten. She would often force people into sexual relationships, same as a lot of nobles of the day.

Bathory was married at fifteen to a twenty-something general.  He took it upon himself to teach his new wife the fine art of torture.  Actually pretty normal for the time, but Elizabeth and her retainers took it to a whole new level. They tormented the people under their protection until her husband’s death.

Elizabeth appears to have been driven by sexual sadism.  Adding to the sadism was her absolute power, money, and her fortresses.  Un Substantiated claims say she bathed in blood to keep her youth.

Un Substantiated claims say she bathed in blood to keep her youth.  What we do know she did was freeze her servants to death, bite them, and set them on fire(specifically their genitalia) Those are just a very few of what she did.  Bathory was only stopped when she started going after noble women.

Bathory never got a trial, being put under house arrest, her henchmen where.  They were tortured to death.

Despite the evidence against her, there are Bathory apologists.  They try to pass her off as a doctor and healer.  Her victims would have something to say to that.

WHM-Afeni Shakur

If the name sounds familiar, she’s Tupac Shakur’s mother. She wasn’t just the late rapper’s mom, she was an activist, philanthropist, recovering addict,businesswoman, producer, and according to some, terrorist.

Afeni was born Alice Faye Williams on January  22, 1947. She changed her name to an African name. (Specifically Yoruba)

Afeni was one of the members of the Black Panther Party arrested on 189 felonies.  She and others were accused of plotting to attack police stations and shopping centers .  Acting as her own counsel Afeni was able to get the charges dropped, not before spending 11 months in jail.  Dispite the aquittal, many consider the Black Panthers a terrorist organizaton.

A month after her aquittal Afeni gave birth to her first child, a son, Tupac Shukur.  Then she went on to have a daughter,Sekiywa.  Afeni was married twice, adding stepchildren to the family, one of whom is also a rapper.  During this time Afeni contracted cocaine addiction which she now successfuly manages.

After Tupac’s murder, Afeni used proceeds from his alblums to found the Tupac Amaru Shakur Center for the Arts in Stone Moutian, Georgia.  The mission for the center is to help kids from  poor families develope theit skills in the arts. Afeni also founded Amaru Entertainment, which holds the rights to Tupac’s unrealeased works.

WHM-Harriet Tubman

The first entry for Woman’s history month is Harriet Tubman.  Harriet Tubman was an African-American abolitionist,  Nurse, Suffragette, Union Spy, and humanitarian.

330px-Harriet_Tubman_Civil_War_WoodcutHarriet was born a slave in Dorchester County, Maryland.  She was abused often in her youth, eventually receiving a blow to the head.  The head trauma would affect her for the rest of her life causing dizzy spells, epilepsy, blackouts, pain, and  hyposomnia(extreme drowsiness during the day)Today she would qualify for disability

At five or six Tubman was hired out to also watch a baby at a woman’s house, she would be whipped if the baby cried.  She was also hired to check muskrat traps in a swamp, despite having measles at one point.  Once she grew stronger she was used in the forest to haul logs and to work in the fields.

In 1940 Harriet’s father was freed when her master died, They technically were all free but the families their master hired them out to0 refused to follow his wishes and being black, Harriet  and her family couldn’t fight them.  In

In 1944 Harriet married John Tubman, free man.  Despite her husband’s status,  all their children would be slaves. At some point, Harriet got sick and her master tried to sell, a short time later her master died and his wife began selling off the other slaves.  This inspired  Harriet to run.

Harriet Used the underground Railroad, an escape network for slaves.  Instead of staying in relative comfort, Harriet became a conductor on the Underground Railroad.  She travelled by night using th North star, stopping at the homes of allies. She continued her rescues until 1860. .

In 1858 Harriet Tubman was introduced to John Brown, an abolitionist terrorist.  She helped him recruit for his raid on Harper’s Ferry, Virginia.  The raid failed and Brown was executed for treason.

After her retirement Harriet took in her elderly parents, people in need, and borders at her home in Auburn, Ny. Eventually, she fell and love married a bricklayer named Nelson Davis. Harriet eventually died after brain surgery of pnemonia.

WTF-Dyatlov Pass incident

I love mysteries, here is one I find fascinating.

Dyatlov Pass incident what we know.

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It is located in the Ural mountains, specifically, Kholat Syakhl whose name means “Dead Mountian” due to lack of game. SO named by the native Mansi.  The incident happened in 1959. There were eight students and one professor/group leader who lost their lives….

 

  • Igor Alekseievich Dyatlov (Игорь Алексеевич Дятлов), the group’s leader, born January 13, 1936
  • Yuri Nikolaievich Doroshenko (Юрий Николаевич Дорошенко), born January 29, 1938
  • Lyudmila Alexandrovna Dubinina (Людмила Александровна Дубинина), born May 12, 1938
  • Yuri (Georgiy) Alexeievich Krivonischenko (Юрий (Георгий) Алексеевич Кривонищенко), born February 7, 1935
  • Alexander Sergeievich Kolevatov (Александр Сергеевич Колеватов), born November 16, 1934
  • Zinaida Alekseevna Kolmogorova (Зинаида Алексеевна Колмогорова), born January 12, 1937
  • Rustem Vladimirovich Slobodin (Рустем Владимирович Слободин), born January 11, 1936
  • Nicolai Vladimirovich Thibeaux-Brignolles (Николай Владимирович Тибо-Бриньоль), born July 8, 1935
  • Semyon (Alexander) Alekseevich Zolotariov (Семён (Александр) Алексеевич Золотарёв), born February 2, 1921

 

Their goal was to reach Otorten who’s name means “Don’t go there.” using a catagory 3 route. (The most diffecult?) Their climb began in the city of  Ivdel in Sverdlovsk Oblast, Russia on January 25. They drove to Vizhai, the last town befor the clumb were the incredibly lucky  Yuri Yudin dropped out due to illness.

February 1 the team became stranded in the pass due to weather.

Families of the climbers and Mr Yudin demanded a search after the climbers  were eight days late in checking on back at Vizhai.

The search part found more than expected.

What rescuers found was a massacre.

Six days after the search started the search party found the team’s tent, cut from the inside, with no one in it.  Footprints leading to the treeline showed the missing hikers left in their socks, one shoe, or barefoot.  It was here rescuers became a recovery team when they found the first two bodies, Krivonischenko and Doroshenko.

The two were laying under a cedar tree with recently broken branches.  They  were barefoot and in their underwear laying near the remains of a small fire. Their deaths appeared to me caused by hypothermia. (It’s not uncommon for people to strip before death from cold)

Dyatlov, Kolmogorova and Slobodin were found after, their positions indicated they may have been trying to return to camp.Their deaths seemed normal.

The rest weren’t found till May, in their hiding place of a nearby ravine.

Nicolai Thibeaux-Brignolles had a depressed skull fracture. Dubinina and Zolotarev chests were crushed and their  eyes were missing. Dubinina’s tongue was missing.  The internal injuries have no explanation other  “great pressure”.that something stronger than a human did it as the injuries were similar to being hit by a car. Unusually the soft tissues around the broken bones were undamaged.

Official cause of death is “a compelling force.”

Other stuff

Some witnesses say that the last three found had ohysical changes such as oringish skin and white hair. It’s said thay wer also radioactive. No idea how accurate this is.

There are many theories like..

The military

avalanche

aliens.

Kompolen(a protective forest spitit honored by the Mansi)

Yeti or more accurately Almasty

experiment

The Mansi(pretty sure this has been disproven)

Infrasound

a crap load of others.

Sources

This is an awesome site. http://dyatlov.looo.ch/en/p/toc

Wikipedia