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What is Silk route and what was its importance in spread of Buddhism?

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What is Silk route and what was its importance in spread of Buddhism?
posted Jan 29, 2016 by Nway Nadar

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The Silk Road derives its name from the lucrative trade in Chinese silk carried out along its length, beginning during the Han dynasty. Its is an ancient network of trade routes that were central to cultural interaction through regions of the Asian continent connecting the West and East from China to the Mediterranean Sea.

Silk Route

The Silk Road did not only promote commodity exchange but also cultural. Buddhism as one of the religions of the Kushan kingdom reached China. Together with merchant caravans Buddhist monks went from India to Central Asia and China, preaching the new religion.

Spread of Buddhism

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answer Feb 18, 2016 by Salil Agrawal
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A most significant development happened at the same time as the Buddhist movement began to spread and that was the opening of a new way through, from India to China.

Today, we call this way "the Silk Road", and we associate it with famous travellers like Marco Polo, whose journeys to China astounded the Europeans of his day.

answer Feb 18, 2016 by A.k
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