In reply to Lynn Morgan.
The Tian Shan are more locally known as Tenggri Tagh, in severl languages meaning “Great Sky Mountain[s]”
The peoples of high Asia understand, contrary to the English writers with cognitions damaged by theri mideast tripartite religion, that the Great Sky has no limited sexual or gender orientation, but covers all.
the “Animists” who, according to the European or Euroamerican writer, infer inaccurately the signals of biotic organisms and weather DO have a complete and accurate perception of biotic and physical earth. The fact that they naturally share our evolved sense of compassion, pity, awe, love, relationship, with what seem to the dissociated to be inanimate, somehow exempt from the mortality from which we evolved this essential neurological and emotional sense (long before ever becoming modern humans in shape. The parts of brains that involve awareness, evaluation, and especially immediate emotional response, occur in vertebrates at least as distant as fishes) some individuals may not at all understand the coherence and ecologically reflective worldview, being analogous to “fundamentalists” instead of understanding the actual worldview of the “shamanistic.”
Shaman is an Evenk word, appropriated by western religionists todistort the actual “job” of those individuals who have apprenticed and specialised in recognizing environmental signaling, including the social signaling of all animals, and the responses of plants – which are known by science to hormonally and electrically occur, albeit more slowly than through neuronal structures.
Because they are also in effect and practice, community psychologists – I had grave disagreement with my grad psych mentor as I described to the culture-bound professor that ecological recognition that all variations of life have a validity equal to our own, and as I studied this worldview and its decreasing syncretism as one moves north across the continent from India and china, it was also clear that this intimacy was being lost, to the detriment of entire species and systems, not to mention the less-important human species and its cultures.
Those “animists” more realistically recognize that humans are not by an immense gulf, any “crown of creation”, but merely becoming an aberrant infectious disease. Shamans, Olmen, have the job of bringing us back into line with the others, as any will tell you.
Behavior, the discipline of ethologists, neuroscientists, and other more limited disciplines, is slowly being mapped, and humans are less, rather than more, attuned to the signals of variation that move their own social groupings, than are other animals, although we are completely capable of [e]learning this complex usage of our brains, now enamoured of dead and toxic technologies and solipsistic yet vacuously depressing focus upon ourselves only, all else inaccurately imagined as “property.”
But important to the article, it was about the late 1950s that Soviets under Khrushchev, had decided that the vast grassland steppes north and east of the Caspian into Mongolia and Siberia, were “better” used as another Ukraine or US Great Plains. They began those vast groundwater-dessicating projects and dewatering of Amu and Sur Darya, and other rivers leading from their part of the great central Asian mountain arc. It was brush desert they created and left behind.
The SAME process occurred in Chinese Mao’s destruction of Inner Mongolia, and now, perhaps worse spatially, the Chinese intend to dam and transport water of the Northand northeast Himalaya to the Taklamakan and possibly Gobi, dewatering all of southeast Asia.
Mongolia had long urbanized, injecting Teng-gri with the toxic elements of coal burning, sulphur and mercury, detectable in the atmosphere of the US west.
Antelope and original wild ovids and capridae, once lived in those similarly fertilizing nomadic herds as the plains bison and pronghorn, who covered North America from Alberta east of the Rockies into Mexico’s Sierra Madre valleys, including the devastated Rio Brazos plain from Houston to Galveston.
Human domestication, and consequent killing of the interadapted wolf, from Manchuria to its new and final safe haven in the Pripyat/Chernoby Ukraine remnant, along with this agriculturalization which nearly emptied the massive Aral Sea, and more damagingly groundwater everywhere it has been perpetrated, has laid barren more and more earth, the soils being blown and eroded away.
This last was the world’s worst ecological damage before the rising temperatures of anthropogenic global heating was known to the scientific consensus by the late 1980s.
Ancient tales I helped gather , told of the animals becoming worried about the fact that humans had no way to speak with them, nor with the Great Sky itself, and sending communications to those greedy and unthinking humans (so-called “communism” you have all now found, is as exploitative and dissociated as capitalism).
The dead and gone central Asian sea, the scrub desert supplanting vast grasslands, the catastrophic diminution of many large and other species, not to mention aquifers, water tables, within a human lifetime, were signals – sent by that Great Sky – the atmosphere itself, intimately tied to the underground roots of all things that “shamans” visit in their cognitive exploratory journeys.
No matter what language you explore in high Asia, you will find that the names all tend to reflect that association with Great Sky, one of the three worlds. The lost and butchered trees mentioned are known to the natural peoples as the only beings that live in all three worlds.
Eco centric ! Thats what is lost. All the climate change deniers AND all those like myself who fought her whole life to get folk to wake up to climate change, the crux of it all is the loss to the human psyche of our attachment to the land. Swapping this Great Goddess with the god of materialism causes much unhappiness. Which ever side of the fence you sit we need connection to the land.
The concept of man made climate change is the biggest swindle in human history. Climate has always changed but human activity has nothing to do with it.
Kathy Voth-we do operate in a different system but as I was reading this piece, it made me think about the regional/seasonal “migration” grazers could employ to adapt to changing weather outside the arbitrary fenced borders of our individual farms/ranches. (While keeping a grazing chart like the mentioned diaries)
Articolo molto bello.
wonderful original reporting.
Uh oh! The word “sustainable” is a trigger. Fits right in with Agenda 21, so if you’re not part of the Big Plan that’s not a great choice of words.
The story seems to end in mid-sentence. Could you check for us and add the rest if there is more?
This is a really great article and I would like to share it with my farmer and rancher readers at OnPasture.com. Though they operate in a completely different system, I think it’s helpful to see examples of how others solve problems with raising livestock.
Sorry, Kathy. Apparently a technical glitch on our end. We’re investigating and will restore the missing part. Thanks for bringing it to our attention. -Tom
Thanks for your comments. I’d be very interested to hear more about what you’re planning. Feel free to get in touch by email!
This is great reporting. I believe that this sort of story can communicate the idea that we are already suffering from net damages caused by climate change and that it is not something that will happen in a far off future. I posted this to my Facebook feed as well.
Splendid and important article. We published 4 Editions of our Odyssey guide to Kyrgyzstan. Our next one will be to “Sustainable Kyrgyzstan” I do hope we can collaborate.
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