Life Along The Silk Road

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Trade Significance
As major trade routes advanced throughout history, it helped with the development of societies with the transference of materials, religious beliefs, new inventions, languages, and art across the land. However, an important result from trade routes is the expansion and transfer of religion along with it. Some of the religions benefitting from travel and passing along knowledge and stories were Buddhism, Christianity, and Islamic faith. During the time of the Silk Road, Buddhism received the most traction; it was passed through the trade routes and was practiced more often. Ahmad Ibn Fadlan was a Muslim scribe on a mission to record what happened in the lands of mostly Turkic Pastoralists with a side goal to teach the locals about the Islamic faith. Christianity was also spread through routes and ultimately became one of the largest religions. Trade routes before 1500 AD were significant because they aided in the spread of religion and helped develop the world that exists today.
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Of the many stories included, she mentions several people and populations practicing Buddhism. As trade became more prominent, Buddhism became stronger, especially in China. In one of her stories, The Nun’s Tale, a girl named Miaofu learned about the religion and worked toward becoming a nun. It discussed how men and women could become Buddhist, but it took more work for women to become a nun. For example, after 18, women had to undergo two years of study, while men did not. They set up requirements such as ordination at 12 years old and having to take vows to “abstain from drink, sex, murder, and other sins” This shows how this religion became more prominent in other countries that were not practicing Buddhism much in the

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