Gargareans

In Greek mythology, the Gargareans, or Gargarenses, (Greek: Γαργαρείς Gargareis) were an all-male tribe. They copulated with the Amazons annually in order to keep both tribes reproductive. Varying accounts suggest that they may have been kidnapped, raped, and murdered for this purpose, or that they may have had relations willingly. The Amazons kept the female children, raising them as warriors, and gave the males to the Gargareans.[1]

The Gargareans are held by some historians[2] to be a component of the ancestry of the Ingush peoples, and equivalent or at least related to the Georgian name Dzurdzuks. Adrienne Mayor wrote about the Ghalghai/Gergar and mentions an old Ingush legend about a Maiden's Tower located in the Assa gorge in Ingushetia.[3]

Strabo wrote that "... the Amazons live close to Gargarei, on the northern foothills of the Caucasus mountains". The Amazons were attributed to the Circassians via the root maze. Gaius Plinius Secundus also localizes Gargarei at North of the Caucasus, but calls them Gegar.[4] Some scholars (P.K. Uslar, K. Miller, N.F. Yakovleff, E.I. Krupnoff, L.A. Elnickiy, I.M. Diakonoff, V.N. Gemrakeli) supported that Gargarei is an earlier Ingush ethnonym. Jaimoukha suggests that the myth might have been a nod to the similarity between Circassians and Durdzuks, despite their very different languages. The Ancient Greek chronicler Strabo mentioned that both the Gargareans and Amazons had migrated from Themiscyra.[5] Jaimoukha notes that Gargareans is one of many Nakh roots- gergara, meaning, in fact, "kindred" in proto-Nakh.[6]

In popular mediaEdit

  • In DC Comics, the Gargareans are an all-male tribe of undead Greek warriors, revived by Zeus to serve as male counterparts to the Amazons of Themyscira, living on the Island of Thalarion. Their king is the specially created wonder warrior Achilles Warkiller.[7]
  • In Hercules and the Amazon Women, Hercules and Iolaus are brought to the Gargarean village, in which they are asked for help about monsters terrorising them, only for it to turn out that the monsters are the Amazons.
  • In The Venture Bros, Season 6 Episode 1, Warriana, an Amazon, says "See you around, Gargarean." to Brock Samson after he expresses his desire for her under the influence of her Truth Lasso. In later episodes the two characters begin a sexual relationship.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Strabo, Geography, Bk. 11, Ch. 5, Sec. 1
  2. ^ Jaimoukha. The Chechens. Page 30"
  3. ^ Adrienne Mayor. «The Amazons»
  4. ^ Латышев В. В. Известия древних писателей греческих и латинских о Скифии и Кавказе, т. 1, Греческие писатели, СПб, 1890; т.2, Латинские писатели, вып.1, СПб, 1904, вып.2, СПб, 1906; Крупнов Е. И. Ук.соч., page.25.
  5. ^ Strabo. Geography. Pages 1-49
  6. ^ Jaimoukha. The Chechens. Page 30"
  7. ^ DC Comics' Gargareans