The female seer in the Nordic sagas speaks to the World Ash, the fig and the apple tree are mentioned frequently in the Bible, and we can recognize some sort of palm tree in the Babylonian cylinder seal. Yet, let us look even further back, to the Ice Age. In Eurasia at this time, it appears that only one life-giving tree could grow - the frost-hardened giant bearing edible seeds. This tree of life (and even survival for early humanity) still dominates the Siberian landscape. The PINUS SIBIRICA, popularly known as the SIBERIAN CEDAR, was referred to by the ancient Slavs as "bor", which bears etymological similarities to the Old Slavic "bo" - being and "boch" - God.
In Siberia, with its expansive and unexploited marshlands, the Altai mountain range holds an exalted position. Called the Russian Himalayas, the Altai Mountains are a source of energy, known for the unique beauty of their natural surroundings, the purest of spring waters, and a wide diversity of medicinal herbs. The Altai is home to caves with ancient frescos, Ice Age glaciers flowing into calm lakes, and the world's oldest dry cedar groves. Under the White Mountain of the Pilgrim, Nikolai Roehrich once searched for paradise on earth. Here, powerful talismans from the wood of the old cedars are carved. These are the harvest grounds of the delicious cedar nut.