The Reindeer Riders: Amazing Photography of the Reindeer People From Mongolia


If the descendants of ancient legends truly exist among us today, these are they. Despite the odds, the nomads of Outer Mongolia are a people seemingly immune from degeneration, still living in such proximity to wild animals with a certain spiritual wisdom, sense of healing and well-being lost to our notions of time and laws of civilization. The ancient Greek poet Pindar once described a perfect land called Hyperborea, beyond the great wind in the Altai Mountains of Central Asia, where the sun always shone, where a race of healers lived with “neither disease not bitter old age is mixed … in their sacred blood; far from labor and battle…”

Photographer Hamid Sardar-Afkhami recently spent some time following the Reindeer People, and these are the stunning images he captured.

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