In Greek legend the amazon was a female hunter, unusual for occupying a male role.
The Amazon river was named after this legendary hunter when early European explorers encountered women who were hunters and in many ways acted like men.
Amazons are members of a legendary nation of female warriors in Greek mythology.
Many cultures have acknowledged a masculine role for women. The Kaska Indians of the Subarctic may select a daughter when it appeared the family was going to have no sons and perform a transformation ceremony to symbolically turn the daughter into a son.
The dried ovaries of a bear were tied to her belt which she always wore, she dressed like males and engaged in hunting.
The counterpart of this role among men is called berdache.
How did the ancient Greeks see the Amazons?
Amazons at the river Thermodon in northern Turkey
This localization is so definite that even now the river
bears a Turkish name which leaves no doubt about its identity. Today the river is called
Terme Çay. Çay is the Turkish name for river.