Marla Mossman and the Peace Caravan Project aims to nourish the principles of international co-operation, exchange cultural values, share in the understanding of the environment, and foster the equality of all peoples including women and children.
Mingsha Sand Dunes Dunhuang, China
There is an urgent need and awareness from people around the world for openness and cultural exchange to help gain the mutual respect and cooperation necessary for world peace.
Temple Baal Shamin Palmyra, Syria
November 27, 2008 I woke up early that morning to walk alone amongst the ancient ruins of Palmyra. My mind's eye filled with a vision of Queen Zenobia as Iapproached the Temple of Baal Shamin whose columns blazed red with the rising sun.
More Blogposts on this subject: Destruction of Biblical Proportions
Wednesday August 19, 2015 Khaled al-Asaad, the 81-year-old antiquities scholar was beheaded by Islamic State militants. He had named his daughter after Zenobia, the queen that ruled from the city 1,700 years ago.
The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights confirmed the destruction of the Temple of Baal Shamin by Islamic State militants a month ago. On August 23 the world learned the news that large explosives were placed inside the temple destroying the interior structure collapsing the surrounding columns.
THE WORLD MUST UNITE TO STOP ALL KILLING AND DESTRUCTION!
The Silk Road originated as a series of intersecting caravan trails in southwest China that traversed Central Asia, crossed the lowlands of Mesopotamia onward to Jerusalem and the Mediterranean, and ultimately arrived in Rome. Along these ancient paths, merchants laden with silk from China, spices from India and furs from the steppes of Kazakhstan, exchanged goods and materials.
The Silk Road’s significance to religion is eloquently stated by author Richard C. Foltz, “The Silk Road is more than just a conduit along which religions hitched rides . . . . It constituted a formative and transformative rite of passage. No religion emerges unchanged at the end of that arduous journey” (Religions of the Silk Road, St. Martin’s Griffin, NY 1999, page13).
Hebrew scholar Samuel Kurinsky in his essays on the “Jewish Traders of the Diaspora” writes of the discovery of rare Judaic glass beads found in several locations amongst the ruins of ancient synagogues suggesting the Silk Road was integral to the Diaspora of the first Jews to Central Asia in the Fifth Century BCE.
Today precarious political situations exist in many of the Silk Road nations— Afghanistan, the Middle East, Pakistan and India are all involved in local wars that are on the brink of escalation.
Peace Caravan Film Productions
KAWOMERA: Plant, Pray, Partner for Peace Video Trailer
Peace Caravan: Journey Along the Silk Road in Xinjiang Province, China Video Trailer
Peace Caravan Production Recognitions
KAWOMERA: Plant, Pray, Partner for Peace
BEST DOCUMENTARY SHORT 2014
The New York Foundation for the Arts is the Fiscal Sponsor of the Peace Caravan Project.
All donations are tax deductable to the full extent of the law.
Peace Caravan Fine Art Prints
Own an Original Fine Art Photograph and Support the Peace Caravan Project.
Select an image from the online Gallery : click here
All images are photographed by Marla Mossman and printed on the highest quality rag papers
© Marla Mossman 2015