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This chapter presents concluding remarks for this book, which contributes to the study of the journey that maps and images took along the Silk Road. The pace of diffusion along the Silk Road depended on the merchants, pilgrims, soldiers, officers, ambassadors, servants, artists, and craftsmen who took images with them when they traveled. Traders from India spread visual concepts of Buddhist cosmography as they brought to China painted silk cloths, statues, and models. Silk Road travelers had two methods to transmit images: either they copied an original image or they translated the original image into a text, copied the text, and at the end of the journey translated the text back into an image. The book should be read as an introduction to more detailed essays on Silk Road topics.

Keywords: Buddhist cosmography; China; images; India; Maps; Silk Road



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