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A Polyanitsa was a warrior-woman among the western Kanov

While the western Kanov societies were in general rather patriarchal, due to the importance given to be able to use weapons and fight, they often left their young, single women -especially among nobles- to train as well with their weapons and armors to become warriors, and while it wasn't expected from them to join the fighting, they were expected to be able to protect and defend themselves. However it wasn't unseen for the young Polyanitsas to join the western Kanov armies.

This was as well in part as, while the men were away fighting, the women were expected to be able to protect and defend their farms and settlements.

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