I was watching a special on the History on Amazon Women. The Amazon river is South America is named for them. The early explorers mistook the long haired native warriors with no chest hair or facial hair for women. That night I was reading Alma 54 and it got me thinking.
Ammoron the Lamanite king offers to exchange prisoners with Moroni. Moroni notes that the Lamanites have men women and children as prisoners, while the Nephites only have men as prisoners. After telling Ammoron how wicked he and the Lamanites are and how righteous the Nephites are (which you can tell Ammoron was happy to hear) Moroni agrees to exchange prisoners on the basis of a man, his wife and their children for one Lamanite.
Ammoron is a bit upset by Moroni’s epistle and tells him the rightness of the Lamanite’s position and reason for war (which you can tell Moroni was happy to hear). Moroni is so upset that he decides not to exchange prisoners after all, he sends some Nephites out and gets the Lamanite guards drunk. The Nephites then “cast in weapons of war unto the prisoners, insomuch that they were all armed: Yea, even to their women, and all those of their children…”
Ok, here comes the questions with my personal observations and comments: Why would the Lamanites be so stupid as to take women and children as prisoners? They had limited food, and the larger the prisoner group the more men it would take to guard them. Why would the Nephites cast weapons to the women and children who were prisoners. They certainly didn’t have enough time to train on how to use them, that night before the Lamanites awoke the next morning.
My thoughts: The Nephite women and some children in fact fought in the battles. They were trained as soldiers, and they were taken captive in battle by the Lamanites. The Lamanites had to take them captive or they would have continued to fight. If they weren’t soldiers they could have just sent the women and children home and saved their food and resources. They were obviously familiar enough with weapons that they posed a big threat to the Lamanites in the prisoner escape. They were obviously familiar enough with weapons that the Nephites knew they could be counted on to fight and that’s why they gave them the weapons.
Am I making any sense here? Maybe the Nephite women really were Amazons.