UNESCO lists polo as Iran's intangible cultural heritage

Cornelia Mascio
Dicembre 7, 2017

"It is a culturally diverse festival" where "knowledge and skills related to the tradition are transmitted through ancient religious manuscripts, oral traditions, historical travelogues and texts produced by eminent historians" said UNESCO's "Intangible Cultural Heritage" website.

The 55-day Maha Kumbh Mela in Allahabad, which was last held in 2013 and occurs every 12 years, was attended by 100 million people jostling for space to take a dip in the sacred waters of Ganga.

The inscription of ´KumbhMela´ was recommended by the expert body which examines in detail the nominations submitted by Member States.

The inclusion of the Kumbh in the UNESCO list of intangible cultural heritage of humanity was done during the ongoing session of the committee's meeting in South Korea.

"The element originates in Naples, the capital of the Campania Region, where about 3,000 Pizzaiuoli now live and perform", wrote the 24-member UNESCO Committee during its annual meeting, which this year runs December 4-9.

It said the inscription was the third in two years following Yoga and Nouroz.

"The committee observed that Kumbh Mela is the largest peaceful congregation of pilgrims on earth".

Reacting to the recognition, Culture Minister Mahesh Sharma said it was a proud moment for India.

M - A Kyrgyz traditional horse game Kok boru was inscribed in the 2017 UNESCO Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity.

In 2003, the UNESCO General Conference adopted the Convention for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Heritage as an worldwide treaty acknowledging that cultural heritage is more than tangible places, monuments and objects; it also encompasses traditions and living expressions.

Other practices to receive resources include Botswana's Dikopelo folk music, songs about herding and milking from Colombia and Venezuela, Mongolian traditional worship, the Taskiwin martial dance from Morocco and traditional poetry recitals from the United Arab Emirates.

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