The Idea of Space among the Nomads of Great Steppe


Authors: Marina M. Sodnompilova; Bair Nanzatov
Journal: Social Evolution & History. Volume 18, Number 2 / September 2019

DOI: https://doi.org/10.30884/seh/2019.02.02

Nomads were the Mongolic and Turkic peoples that inhabited vast terri-tories of Inner Asia, including natural areas from the desert to the tun-dra, from highlands to steppe plains. The development of this diverse space is one of the debated issues in the history of nomadic societies, which still remains relevant. A wide range of ecological zones led to the formation of a rich worldview which created mythological, ethnic, and symbolic images of spaces. For each particular natural zone there was formed a particular mechanism for comprehending and developing terri-tories.

Marina M. Sodnompilova, Institute for Mongolian, Buddhist and Tibetan Studies of the Siberian Branch of the Russian Academy of Sciences, Ulan-Ude more

Bair Nanzatov, Institute for Mongolian, Buddhist and Tibetan Studies of the Siberian Branch of the Russian Academy of Sciences, Ulan-Ude more