1. Welcome to the Fantasy Writing Forums. Register Now to join us.

Warrior/Military Societies with in African Cultures.

Discussion in 'Research' started by Logos&Eidos, Dec 12, 2018.

  1. Logos&Eidos

    Logos&Eidos Sage

    304
    20
    18
    Since most peoples knowledge of the "Medieval" and "Classical" periods is European,Asian, or Middle-Eastern, what I'm about to ask is a shot in the dark.

    In Wheel of Time I first encountered the term Warrior-Society , it wasn't long after that I found out that they were molded on the warrior/military societies that exist with in some Native American cultures.

    In passing I came across the term warrior-society being applied to aspects of African cultures, but not a culture specific names so further research has been...problematic.

    What I'm research is to build a world with a very different military structure than what we are used to, one that even into that world's modern day and far future is still rather tribal for want of a better term.

    I could just steal from the Eldar and Asari militaries, but I'd like to draw on primary sources.

    Any other information on Tribal Military and warfare structure in general would also be very appreciated.
     
  2. Peat

    Peat Sage

    283
    145
    43
    If you want to look at an African society with a heavily militaristic bent, look at the Zulu, who are also one of the primary sources for the Aiel.

    Another good source of inspiration might be the Dahomey Amazons - Dahomey Amazons - Wikipedia

    If we're looking at earlier African military powers, there'd be the Mali Empire - Military history of the Mali Empire - Wikipedia - and the Oyo Empire - Oyo Empire - Wikipedia

    And yes, that and the wiki articles on them is the sole extent of my knowledge.
     
  3. Logos&Eidos

    Logos&Eidos Sage

    304
    20
    18

    The Aiel Weapon of choice,battle formations, habit of singing at their enemies, and marching great distances are Zulu.

    Finding warlike cultures is easy,details not so much.
     
  4. Gurkhal

    Gurkhal Archmage

    931
    206
    43
    You link to Native American Warrior Socities only seemed to hint at North American ones, so I'll throw in the Aztecs as an example of what's essentially also an urbanized version of Warrior Socities in the New World.

    Aztec warfare - Wikipedia
     
  5. Logos&Eidos

    Logos&Eidos Sage

    304
    20
    18

    What other "warrior societies" do you know of ?

    By warrior societies I mean military/socio-political groups that are essentially military guilds.

    The knightly orders of Europe are an example of what I mean by "military guilds", combat specialist organizations with in cultures.

    I'm building a world where the strike-team is the main instrument of war and massed armies are rarely used.
     
  6. Gurkhal

    Gurkhal Archmage

    931
    206
    43
    Very little I'm afraid. My main interest is in the Mediterranean and thus I feel that most of their cultures do not have that kind of special forces as opposed to, well, mass armies.
     
  7. Logos&Eidos

    Logos&Eidos Sage

    304
    20
    18
    Thank you though.


    Were there anything like orders or groups of elite warriors?

    Like I said in the first post I'm trying to hit primary sources for what inspired Asari and Elder milliliters.
     
  8. Gurkhal

    Gurkhal Archmage

    931
    206
    43
  9. Logos&Eidos

    Logos&Eidos Sage

    304
    20
    18

    Thankyou.

    The Cryptepia are the closest to what I was sneaking.

    This link "Ancient Commandos" was also a help.

    I'll have to keep looking to get just the information that I'm seeking.
     
Loading...

Share This Page