Amazing Wonders of Afghanistan 1.1


Afghanistan’s cultural heritage reflects millennia of interaction with the cultures, philosophies and peoples of northern India, Inner Asia, China, Persia, the Near East and even Graeco-Roman Europe. These influences are due to a variety of factors. Commerce along Eurasia’s network of trade routes know, misleadingly, as ‘The Silk Road’ (there were many ‘routes’ and silk was came late in the story of Eurasian trade) was a major spur to both cultural and ideological interchange from at least the early Bronze Age. Voluntary and involuntary migration has also been major factors promoting cultural interaction whilst new philosophies were also brought to the country by religious refugees, missionaries and pelgrims. Over the millennia Kabul, Ghazni, Heart, Kandahar, Bamiyan, Bagram, Firoz Koh (near Chaghcharan in Ghur) and Balkh, to mention the most important, were all at one time capitals of major empires. These varieties of cultural influences are today reflected in the great variety of cultural heritage as well as in the multi-ethnic composition of Afghanistan’s society and the fact that over fifty different languages are spoken in the country…

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