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The 'Outside' Other

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Most intriguing problem of the Eurasian steppe lands is the reason driving the nomads to large-scale migrations and military campaigns against sedentary agricultural civilizations living to the south. The elites of the nomadic societies in the Eurasian steppe lands had to turn southwards to the sedentary societies. They were making every effort to mark and maintain the boundaries which separated them from the northern nomads. The nomads living to the north of those real walls naturally regarded their neighbors to the south as the Other. The walls were also able to arouse the curiosity of the "northern barbarians" and it was through this curiosity that a true awareness of the Others began to develop, as well as the gradual adoption of them and some of their cultural and social features. The religious diversity became possible due to the intensifyed "meetings" and the dialogue between the nomads and the various Others.

Keywords: elites; Eurasian steppe lands; nomads; northern barbarians; Others; sedentary societies



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