The Oath

From this day forth, I renounce the right to marry save as a freemate. No man shall bind me di catenas and I will dwell in no man's household as a baragana.
I swear that I am prepared to defend myself by force if I am attacked by force, and that I shall turn to no man for protection.
From this day forth I swear I shall never again be known by the name of any man, be he father, guardian, lover or husband, but simply and solely as the daughter of my mother.
From this day forth I swear I will bear no child to any man save for my own pleasure and at my own time and choice; I will bear no child to any man for house or heritage, clan or inheritance, pride or prosperity; I swear that I alone will determine the rearing and fosterage of any child I bear, without regard to any man's place, position or pride.
From this day forth I renounce allegiance to any family, clan, household, warden or liege lord, and take oath that I owe allegiance only to the laws of the land as a free citizen must; to the kingdom, the crown and the Gods.
I shall appeal to no man as of right, for protection, support or succor: but shall owe allegiance only to my oath-mother, to my sisters in the Guild and to my employer for the season of my employment.
And I further swear that the members of the Guild of Free Amazons shall be to me, each and every one, as my mother, my sister or my daughter, born of one blood with me, and that no woman sealed by oath to the Guild shall appeal to me in vain.
From this moment, I swear to obey all the laws of the Guild of Free Amazons and any lawful command of my oath-mother, the Guild members or my elected leader for the season of my employment. And if I betray any secret of the Guild, or prove false to my oath, then I shall submit myself to the Guild-mothers for discipline as they shall choose; and if I fail, then may every woman's hand turn against me, let them slay me like an animal and consign my body unburied to corruption and my soul to the mercy of the Goddess.

by MZB


Der Eid

Von diesem Tag an entsage ich dem Recht zu heiraten, außer als Freipartnerin. Kein Mann soll mich di cartenas binden, und ich werde in keines Mannes Haushalt als barragena leben.
Ich schwöre, daß ich bereit bin, mich mit Gewalt zu verteidigen, wenn ich mit Gewalt angegriffen werde.
Ich schwöre, daß ich von diesem Tag an nie mehr den Namen eines Mannes führen will, sei er Vater, Vormund, Liebhaber oder Gatte, sondern einzig und allein als die Tochter meiner Mutter bekannt sein werde.
Ich schwöre, daß ich mich von diesem Tag an einem Mann nur hingebe, wenn ich den Zeitpunkt bestimmen kann und es mein eigener freier Wille ist.
Ich schwöre, daß ich ein Kind nur gebären will, wenn es mein Wunsch ist, das Kind von diesem Mann und zu diesem Zeitpunkt zu empfangen. Weder die Familie noch der Clan des Mannes, weder Fragen der Erbfolge noch sein Stolz oder sein Wunsch nach Nachkommenschaft sollen dabei Einfluß auf mich haben.
Von diesem Tag an enden für mich alle Verpflichtungen, die ich gegenüber Familie, Clan, Haushalt, Regent oder Lehnsherr hatte. Achtung schulde ich, wie jeder freie Bürger, nur den Gesetzen des Landes, dem Königtum, der Krone und den Göttern.
Ich werde an keinen Mann Rechtsansprüche stellen, daß er mich beschütze, mich ernähre oder mir helfe. Eine Treueverpflichtung habe ich nur gegenüber meiner Eidesmutter, meinen Schwestern in der Gilde und meinem Arbeitgeber, solange ich bei ihm beschäftigt bin.
Und weiter schwöre ich, daß jedes einzelne Mitglied der Gilde für mich sein soll wie meine Mutter, meine Schwester oder meine Tochter, geboren aus einem Blut mit mir. Ich schwöre, daß ich von diesem Augenblick an den Gesetzen der Gilde der Freien Amazonen und jedem rechtmäßigen Befehl meiner Eidesmutter, der Gildenmutter und meiner gewählten Anführerin gehorchen werde. Und wenn ich ein Geheimnis der Gilde verrate oder meinen Eid breche, dann werde ich mich der Strafe unterwerfen, die die Gildenmütter über mich verhängen, und wenn ich das nicht tue, dann möge sich die Hand jeder Frau gegen mich erheben, sie sollen mich erschlagen dürfen wie ein Tier und meinen Körper unbeerdigt der Verwesung und meine Seele der Gnade der Göttin überlassen.

by MZB

 


 

A possible version of the oath, Terra - technical period

 

From this day forth I renounce the right to marry save where it is understood that I remain free to choose my own way of life.
No man shall own me and I will dwell in no man's house as his mistress, although I may choose to live with a man, maintaining my own freedom. Nor shall I hold or keep any man against his will.
I swear that I am prepared to defend myself if I am attacked by force, and that I shall turn to no man for protection.
From this day forth I swear I shall choose the name I bear, be it that of mother, father, guardian, lover or husband. I realize that the laws and customs of society make it difficult for me to be known solely by my mother's given name, but will bear it proudly when circumstances do allow.
From this day forth I swear I will give myself to no man save in my own time and season and of my own free will, at my own desire; I will never earn my bread as the object of any man's lust; neither will I use my sexuality to manipulate or trap any human being.
From this day forth I swear I will bear no child to any man save for my own pleasure and at my own time and choice; I will bear no child to any man for house or heritage, clan or inheritance, pride or posterity, I swear that I alone will determine rearing and fostering of any child I bear, without regard to any man's place, position or pride, yet responsibly considering the love and need for fatherhood that a man may have.
From this day forth I renounce allegiance to any family, household, corporation or church which exacts unquestioning obedience from its members and take oath that where my conscience dictates, I will strive to change those laws which threaten or harm any or all living beings.
I shall appeal to no man as of right, for protection, support or succor: but shall owe allegiance only to my oath-mother, to my proven friends, and to my employer for the season of my employment.
Free Amazons shall be to me, each and every one, as my mother, my sister, or my daughter, born of one blood with me, and no woman who seeks my help with sincerity shall appeal to me in vain.
From this moment, I swear to obey only the laws of my conscience and the Spirit, and any lawful command of my oath-mother, my true teachers, and my elected leader for the season of my employment. I shall allow no man to pass judgment upon me or determine the path which my life takes. And just as I will be ever vigilant in renouncing all attempts to control me or take power from me, so also will I seek always to be straightforward and honorable in my dealings with all other beings. If I prove false to my oath, then I shall submit myself to the teachers in my life, for such discipline as they shall choose; and if I fail, then may every woman's hand turn against me, and may I be brave in the ultimate judgment and mercy of the Goddess.

by Valentina n'ha Doria