The Eurasian Steppe, also called the Steppe or the Steppes, is the vast steppe ecoregion of Eurasia in the temperate grasslands, savannas, and shrublands biome. It stretches from Moldavia through Ukraine to Siberia, with one major exclavelocated mostly in Hungary, the Puszta. The steppe has connected Europe, Central Asia, China, South Asia, and the Middle East economically, politically, and culturally through overland trade routes, most notably the Silk Road during antiquity and the Middle Ages, and the Eurasian Land Bridge in the modern era. It has been home to nomadic empires and many largetribal confederations and ancient states throughout history, such as the Xiongnu, Scythia, Cimmeria, Sarmatia, Hunnic Empire, Chorasmia, Transoxiana, Sogdiana, Xianbei and Göktürk Khaganate
The Eurasian Steppe extends thousands of miles from near the mouth of the Danube River almost to the Pacific Ocean. It is bounded on the north by the forests of Russia and Siberia. There is no clear southern boundary although the land becomes increasingly dry as one moves south. The steppe narrows at two points, dividing it into three major parts.
On the east side of the former Sino-Soviet border mountains extend north almost to the forest zone with only limited grassland in Dzungaria..
Animals: There seems to be little information about steppe ecology before the coming of nomadic pastoralism. The primary animals raised were sheep and goats with fewer cattle than one might expect. Camels were used in the drier areas for transport as far west as Astrakhan. There were some Yaks along the edge of Tibet. The horse was used for transportation and warfare.
The Horse was first domesticated on the Russian or Kazakh steppe sometime before 3000 BC, but it took a long time for the Horse archer to develop and the process is not fully understood. The stirrup does not seem to have been completely developed until 300 AD. (see Stirrup, Saddle, Composite Bow, Domestication of the horse and related articles.)
The World Wildlife Fund divides the Euro-Asian Steppe's temperate grasslands, savannas, and shrublands into a number of ecoregions, distinguished by elevation,climate, rainfall, and other characteristics, and home to distinct animal and plant communities and species, and distinct habitat ecosystems.
I am sensing we could all use a little "HORSE MEDICINE" at the moment. A friend said to me the other day "humanity is fatigued" and its true, overall. This is why I continually share the LIFE AFFIRMING medicines and ways of being that make us stronger and bring us closer to our true spiritual power, because when we get THAT UNDENIABLE connection with nature and spirit, those other forces become revealed as illusions of power and control that only we ourselves are holding in place.. Physical Sickness in our world is a last symptom of a much greater issue of the disharmony in our relationship to life, and this is a very old (10,000+ years) story, that we are charged with the job of healing.. As we each trace our bloodlines and remember our origins, we find some spiritual power long forgotten. I invite everyone to this journey..
I am currently feeling blessed to be sleeping in a paddock with two inquisitive horses who come to graze around us in the night. Just being near their raw power is a priviledge and a blessing, and I am very curious about the place of Origin of horses which is the Eurasian Steppe. Greatful for this coming up today ..
Medicine Cards: Horse: Power by Jamie Sams
"Stealing horses is stealing power," was a statement made frequently in historical
native America and a reference to the esteemed role which Horse played in the native
cultures. Horse is physical power and unearthly power. In shamanic practices throughout
the world, Horse enables shamans to fly through the air and reach heaven.
Humanity made a great leap forward when Horse was domesticated, a discovery
akin to the of fire. Before Horse, humans were earthbound, heavy-laden, and slow
creatures indeed. Once humans climbed on Horse's back, they were as free and fleet as
the wind. They could carry burdens for great distances with ease. Through their special
relationship with Horse, humans altered their self-concept beyond measure. Horse was
the first animal medicine of civilization. Humanity owes an incalculable debt to Horse
and to the new medicine it brought. It would be a long walk to see one's brother or sister
if Horse had not welcomed the two-legged rider upon its back. Today we measure the
capacity of engines with the term "horsepower," a reminder of the days when Horse was
an honored and highly-prized partner with humanity.
Dreamwalker, a medicine man, was walking across the plains to visit the Arapaho
Nation. He carried with him his pipe. The feather tied into his long black hair pointed to
the ground, marking him as a man a peace. Over the rise of a hill, Dreamwalker saw a
herd of wild mustangs running toward him.
Black Stallion approached him and asked if he was seeking an answer on his
journey. Black Stallion said, "I am from the Void where Answers live. Ride on my back
and know the power of entering the Darkness and finding the Light." Dreamwalker
thanked Black Stallion and agreed to visit him when his medicine was needed in the
Yellow Stallion approached Dreamwalker next and offered to take him to the
East, where illumination lives. Dreamwalker could share the answers he found there to
teach and illuminate others. Once again, Dreamwalker thanked Yellow Stallion and said
he would use these gifts of power on his journey.
Red Stallion approached, rearing playfully. He told Dreamwalker of the joys of
balancing work and heavy medicine with the joyful experiences of play. He reminded
Dreamwalker that he could better hold the attention of those he taught when humor was
integrated with the lesson. Dreamwalker thanked him and promised to remember the gift
Dreamwalker was nearing his destination. The Arapaho Nation was close at hand.
White Stallion came to the front of the herd. Dreamwalker mounted White Stallion's
back. White Stallion was the message carrier for all the other horses, and representedMedicine Cards: Horse 2
wisdom in power. This magnificent horse was the embodiment of the balanced medicine
shield. "No abuse of power will ever lead to wisdom," said White Stallion. "You,
Dreamwalker, have made this journey to heal a brother in need, to share the sacred pipe,
and to heal the Mother Earth. You have the knowledge through humility that you are an
instrument of Great Spirit. As I carry you upon my back, you carry the needs of the
people on yours. In wisdom, you understand that power is not given lightly but awarded
to those who are willing to carry responsibility in a balanced manner."
Dreamwalker, the shaman, had been healed by the visit of the wild horses, and
knew that this purpose in coming to the Arapaho was to share these gifts with them.
In understanding the power of Horse, you may see how to strive for a balanced
medicine shield. True power is wisdom found in remembering your total journey.
Wisdom comes from remembering pathways you have walked in another person's
moccasins. Compassion, caring, teaching, loving, and sharing your gifts, talents, and
abilities are the gateway to power.
f your ego has gotten in the way, you may have failed to notice the lack of respect
you have been receiving from others. You may, on the other hand, be struggling with
others who are abusing their power. "Should I say something? Should I fight my desire to
put them in their place?" you may be asked. Remember the times in your own life when
you have fallen out of grace with Great Spirit, and then have compassion for the brothers
and sisters who are now doing the same. If you are overpowering another or feeling
overwhelmed, Horse medicine in both the dignified and contrary positions is a simple
reminder of how to balance your shields.
In allowing all pathways to have equal validity, you will see the power and glory
of the unified family of humanity. This is the gift of the Rainbow Warrior or Warrioress.
The "I" has no place in the Whirling Rainbow that comes from the Great Mystery and is
replaced by the universal "we." All colors of the rainbow and all pathways are honored as
Apply this knowledge and reclaim the power you have given away by forgetting to
come from compassion. Untangle yourself from the present situation and understand that
every human being must follow this pathway to power before galloping upon the winds of
Perhaps more than any other animal, the horse has been humanity's closest partner
in the animal kingdom. In ordinary reality, it has carried its rider over distances and made
communication possible. It has helped to shift heavy loads, and in the tilling of the soil.
In non-ordinary reality, the horse has carried the shamanic journeyer to communicate at
other realms of existence, to shifts of consciousness, and to till the soil of deeper levels of
American Indians honored the horse as a sacred animal. In Britain and Northern
Europe, magikal fraternities once practiced both the natural and supernatural powers
associated with the cult of the horse.
As a power animal, Horse, is primarily a message carrier and is often concerned
with traversing "gateways." It is associated with the power and responsibility that comesMedicine Cards: Horse 3
from exercising authority, and the wisdom required to use it in a balanced way. On an
emotional level, Horse is connected with the need for compassionate understanding.
Horse is related especially with the power of knowledge and wisdom and with
communication and sharing. Communicate.
Honor your medicine. Stand tall. Use your talents. Own who you are becoming.
Source: Sams, Jamie and Carson, David. Medicine Cards (Santa Fe: Bear and Company, 1988).
"In 1330, Hu Sihui, a Mongolian physician published Yinshan Zhengyo (Important Principles of Food and Drink). It was the first book of its kind. In this textbook, Hu Sihui preached the importance of a balanced diet with a focus on moderation, especially in drinking. He also listed beneficial properties of various common foods, including fish, shellfish, meat, fruit, vegetables, and 230 cereals. Grapes were recommended for character strengthening and boosting one's energy levels. However, eating too many apples could cause distension and indulging in too many oranges lead to liver damage. A common menu item, dog meat, was very beneficial because it calmed the liver, spleen, heart, lungs, kidneys, and pericardium. This link between diet and health was spread far and wide by the Mongols on their journeys across the Eurasian steppe lands. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Traditional_Mongolian_medicine#Discove...
I have found a book of Croatian/ Illyrian native plants with medicinal properties but unfortunately I cannot read or understand it.
The two books are
"Ljekovitim bilijem i ishranom do zdravlja" - By dr Nezir Tanovic (Croatian)
The other is
"Health Through Gods Pharmacy/ Gesundheit aus der Apotheke Gottes/ Zdravlije iz Bozje ljekarne" -Maria Treben (Austrian)
I am sure they have something....