Silk Road

The Silk Road carried trade from cultures embracing numerous religions and worldviews. Stretching from Italy to Japan, the Silk Road runs through Buddhist, Confucian, Christian, Hindu, Muslim, Jewish, Shinto, and Taoist cultures. Youth reflect on similarities and differences between belief systems. Using quotations from philosophical and religious texts, they are asked to organize quotations into broad categories of concern like Individual Behavior, Health, Ritual, Community, etc. The quotations are posted on a Silk Road map as reminders of how much those religions and philosophies have in common and how culture and philosophy interchange.