Originally Posted by Mandate of Heaven
As you probably guessed, the women at Red Lanterns did not fight physically, but they did supernatural stuff like invoking goddesses to help destroy the foreigners. The male boxers also had supernatural elements about them, as they were supposed to be bullet-proof.
I have read that they fought occasionally. In the White Lotus tradition female warriors were not that unusual and women did also do some fighting during the Taiping Rebellion. But of course that was more the exception than the rule. Does anyone have more information on that - internet links or recommended books?
Red, by the way, was the colour of the boxers. They wore red turbans and red headbands. They considered themselves bullet-proof but they weren't in the end. Western soldiers mention, however, that it was pretty hard to kill them and that several bullets were needed to make them fall down. I suppose their beliefs gave them a lot of inner strength.