Extending 4,000 miles, the routes enabled people to transport goods, especially luxuries such as slaves, silk, satin and other fine fabrics, musk, other perfumes, spices, medicines, jewels, glassware and even rhubarb, as well as serving as a conduit for the spread of knowledge, ideas, cultures and diseases between different parts of the world (Ancient China, Ancient India (Indus valley, now Pakistan), Asia Minor and the Mediterranean). Trade on the Silk Road was a significant factor in the development of the great civilizations of China, India, Egypt, Persia, Arabia, and Rome, and in several respects helped lay the foundations for the modern world. Although the term the Silk Road implies a continuous journey, very few who traveled the route traversed it from end to end. For the most part, goods were transported by a series of agents on varying routes and were traded in the bustling mercantile markets of the oasis towns.
The term "Silk Road" or "Silk Route" was coined by the German scholar Ferdinand von Richthofen to describe the interwoven travel passages, caravan routes and byways stretching from China to the eastern Mediterranean, with important branches leading to the Indian subcontinent. Trade goods were not the only things travelers carried with them: artistic methods and motifs, styles of music, dances, religions, languages and literature, philosophies and political ideologies were all transported along with silks, spices, and porcelains. Rather than the luxury items that might pass from one set of hands to another, more often it was these more intangible cultural products that left the most indelible impressions.
We can find a variety of sources about the Silk Road's cultural and historical heritages just at the click of our mouse and keyboards, inside the internet: Wikipedia's definition of the period of the silk road trade, University of Washington Exibition on the silkroad, as seen above, then a foundation called the Silkroad foundation, Ballet Afsaneh, the Silk Road documentary (a joint japanese and Chinese TV show) about the history of a mummy, "Princess Xiaohe". More recently, in 2007, Yo-Yo-Ma, famous cello player, created a very impressive project called Silk Road Project and group called the Silk Road Assemble, in Palo Alto, Bay Area, California. And ever since, they have been traveling through USA, Europe, to Asia with one of the best musicians playing traditional and modern instruments on the theme of the Silk Road. A pearl of the Silk Road.
It is incredible how the Silk Road can be so fascinating to inspire musicians, dancers, anthropologists, an infinite source of creativity, sounds, spices, colors and movements, even games around the world. On the game side, the hybrid modern and ancient aspect brought by the Silk road is imprinted in online games, from South Korea,
Hope all these aspects inspire me to continue dancing and growing my repertoire on the Silk Road theme!!! Tomorrow, Bollywood!
Yeahh, shake your arms!
Um beijo if you are there patiently reading.