Sixteen years ago, Iranian photographer Hamid Sardar set out to live with the tribespeople of the Eurasian steppe, Mongolia, and these shots are some of the amazing images he captured in his eight years out on the land.

The front cover of Hamid Sardar's Dark Heavens

Presented in a new book, Dark Heavens – Shamans & Hunters of Mongolia, these visceral photographs show the mighty nation's horseback hunters and dancing shamans candidly yet dramatically – demonstrating just how different the world can be.

Dark Heavens – Shamans & Hunters of Mongolia, published by teNeues, is available to buy now for £65, and is also available as a collector's edition.

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