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Safeguarding Intangible Cultural Heritage

El 23 de November de 2010 en Latin American Folklore, Spanish folklore por | Sin comentarios

 No doubt you are well aware of the rudiments of flamenco, of how to dance a tango, and you will almost certainly have heard of the advantages of a Mediterranean diet.

Perhaps you might also have heard of the human towers in Catalonia, or the Day of the Dead festivities in Mexico, and perhaps even the quirky displays of Barranquilla’s Carnival, in Colombia.

But, do you know what Majorca’s Chant of the Sybil is, or what it sounds like? Or the Whistled language of the island of La Gomera (one of the Canary Islands)? How about the Scissors Dance in Peru?

Each of these cultural practices has something in common: they are all part of UNESCO’s list of Intangible Cultural Heritage.

If you would like to find out more about any of these cultural phenomena, the following is a full list of those taking place in Spanish-speaking countries around the world:

Flamenco Spain
Huaconada, ritual dance of Mito Peru
Human towers Spain
Marimba music and traditional chants from Colombia’s South Pacific region Colombia
Parachicos in the traditional January feast of Chiapa de Corzo Mexico
Pirekua, traditional song of the P’urhépecha Mexico
The chant of the Sybil on Majorca Spain
The Mediterranean diet Spain – Greece – Italy – Morocco
The scissors dance Peru
The Wayuu normative system, applied by the Pütchipü’üi (palabrero) Colombia
Traditional Mexican cuisine – ancestral, ongoing community culture, the Michoacán paradigm Mexico
Carnaval de Negros y Blancos Colombia
Holy Week processions in Popayán Colombia
Irrigators’ tribunals of the Spanish Mediterranean coast: the Council of Wise Men of the plain of Murcia and the Water Tribunal of the plain of Valencia Spain
Places of memory and living traditions of the Otomí-Chichimecas people of Tolimán: the Peña de Bernal, guardian of a sacred territory Mexico
Ritual ceremony of the Voladores Mexico
The Candombe and its socio-cultural space: a community practice Uruguay
The Tango Argentina – Uruguay
Whistled language of the island of La Gomera (Canary Islands), the Silbo Gomero Spain
El Güegüense Nicaragua
La Tumba Francesa Cuba
Language, Dance and Music of the Garifuna Belize – Guatemala – Honduras – Nicaragua
Oxherding and Oxcart Traditions in Costa Rica Costa Rica
Taquile and its Textile Art Peru
The Andean Cosmovision of the Kallawaya Bolivia (Plurinational State of)
The Carnival of Barranquilla Colombia
The Carnival of Oruro Bolivia (Plurinational State of)
The Cocolo Dance Drama Tradition Dominican Republic
The Cultural Space of Palenque de San Basilio Colombia
The Cultural Space of the Brotherhood of the Holy Spirit of the Congos of Villa Mella Dominican Republic
The Indigenous Festivity dedicated to the Dead Mexico
The Mystery Play of Elche Spain
The Oral Heritage and Cultural Manifestations of the Zápara People Ecuador – Peru
The Patum of Berga Spain
The Rabinal Achí Dance Drama Tradition Guatemala

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