Ringing Cedar Trees Pinus sibirica Indigenous Medicine

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Ringing Cedars of the Siberian Forests

Pinus sibirica
Family: Pinaceae

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Ringing cedar or the Siberian Cedar as it is otherwise known originates in Russia (the Urals and Siberia, excepting most of Yakutia and East coastal areas) China and North Mongolia.

It grows on wet slopes and on wet soils, in pure stands or in association with Picea obovata and Abies sibirica.A specimen 48m tall and 350cm in diameter occurs on Kedrovy Pass in the Altai Mountains.A tree specimen collected at Tarvagatay Pass, Mongolia had a crossdated age of 629 years.

This pine provides an important food source for local indigenous peoples and wildlife in the form of large, wingless seeds that are distributed primarily by birds.The ringing cedar also perform important ecological functions: most of them provide valuable food for wildlife; many play an important watershed protection role.

Pinus sibirica has ecosystem-wide importance in the stands they dominate and dramatically influence composition and properties of the plant community as well as behavior and life cycle of animal species.

The ringing cedar is also of exceptional cultural, symbolic and spiritual importance.Russian monks planted Pinus sibirica in monasteries as sacred trees and distributed seeds to pilgrims for planting (Drozdov 1998).

Lately, the importance of Siberian pine as a cultural and spiritual symbol was popularized by Russian author Vladimir Megre in a series of books The Ringing Cedars (Megre 2005), which became a national bestseller and were translated into 15 languages. Incidentally Vladimir means “ruler of the earth” in Russian.

Anastasia Book Series and the Ringing Cedar Tree of Russia

This is the story of Anastasia, a young woman who lives in the depths of the Siberian Taiga amongst these magnificent massive trees and explains the power of these ancient trees and their healing properties. She visualises a new world and goes on to explain how this can be achieved. Anastasia is about feeling and being at one with the universe and all life in it.

She stresses the importance of the gardeners or the dashniks as she calls them, and the value in food you grow yourself and also the importance of raising children in a way that they can connect to the source of creation.

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