Originally Posted by Dark Raven
It's probably on Wikipedia, but the Amazons would cut off their right breast because it got in the way of shooting a bow and arrow. I think the right arm was known as the bow arm.
Actually, that's a myth:
Among Classical Greeks, amazon
was given a popular etymology
as from a-mazos
", connected with an etiological
tradition that Amazons had their right breast cut off
or burnt out
, so they would be able to throw their javelins;[citation needed
] there is no indication of such a practice in works of art, in which the Amazons are always represented with both breasts, although the left is frequently covered (from Wikipedia).