IIAS Newsletter 48 Summer 2008

Lady Sinn: A 6th century woman warrior

Geoff Wade

Accounts of Southeast Asian women directly engaged as military combatants are rare. While female warriors appear in the iconography of various Southeast Asian religions and folklore, and there are numerous descriptions of the non-combat roles women played in military campaigns, the history of women fighters in Southeast Asia remains largely unwritten. Geoff Wade’s portrait of the enigmatic Lady Sinn (Xian fu-ren), goes some way to redress the balance.

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