East – West
2. Lacking a tomb culture, this was a form of burial for peoples living on the steppes. (2 words)
4. A government whose top political figure is a ‘Khan’. Initially, these were sections of the larger Mongol Empire. Eventually, they broke away and became independent.
6. The ‘given’ name of the 12th – 13th C. unifier of the nomadic peoples of the steppes.
8. An action meant to be of short duration for the purpose of stealing property from a neighboring people. Historically common among nomadic peoples of the world.
9. Mongol for “Leader” or “Ruler”.
12. Served as a physical dividing line between the nomadic lifestyle of the North and West, and the sedentary lifestyle of the South. (2 words)
13. Stretches of dry (arid) grasslands in central and eastern Asia. Often the homes of nomadic peoples who depend on the grasslands to raise livestock (sheep, horses, camels, goats, etc…).
North – South
1. Her life is example of the influence and authority women exerted in Mongol society.
3. Today, it identifies a Turkic ethnic group in Russia. Formerly, and erroneously, extended to include nearly all Central Asian, Turkic, and Mongolian ethnic groups.
5. Mongol for ‘Meeting’ or ‘Assembly’ of tribal chieftains. This is a cultural trait of Central Asian steppe peoples.
6. Mongol ‘Sky’ god.
7. The lifestyle that dominated the steppes north and west of the Great Wall.
10. This animal was absolutely pivotal to the peoples of the steppes. Though not often a food source, it was indispensable for survival.
11. Though not a food source, this creature was important as a pack-animal. Another species of this creature roams the arid areas of the Middle East and North Africa.