UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage | Living heritages in Iran

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Chogān, a horse-riding game accompanied by music and storytelling | One of Intangible Cultural Heritages of Iran

An intangible cultural heritage is a practice, representation, expression, knowledge and skill defined by UNESCO and comprises nonphysical intellectual properties. It includes Oral traditions and expressions, Performing arts, Social practices, rituals and festive events, Knowledge and practices concerning nature and the universe, Traditional craftsmanship, etc.

In general, cultural heritage consists of the products and processes of a culture that are preserved and passed on through the generations and history. There are many parts of culture including song, music, dance, drama, skills, cuisine, behavior, symbols, indigenous knowledge, crafts and festivals that are intangible which can be recorded but cannot be touched or stored in physical form, like in a museum or confined to monuments.

Bellow you can find the list of Iranian intangible cultural heritages (living cultural heritages) which has officially recognized and inscribed by UNESCO :

  1. Traditional skills of crafting and playing Dotār (2019).
  2. Art of crafting and playing with Kamancheh/Kamancha (2017)
  3. Chogān, a horse-riding game accompanied by music and storytelling (2017)
  4. Flatbread making and sharing culture: Lavash, Katyrma, Jupka, Yufka (2016)
  5. Nowrouz (2016)
  6. Qālišuyān rituals of Mašhad-e Ardehāl in Kāšān (2012)
  7. Naqqāli, Iranian dramatic story-telling (2011)
  8. Traditional skills of building and sailing Iranian Lenj boats in the Persian Gulf (2011)
  9. Music of the Bakhshis of Khorasan (2010)
  10. Pahlevani and Zoorkhanei rituals (2010)
  11. Ritual dramatic art of Ta‘zīye (2010)
  12. Traditional skills of carpet weaving in Fars (2010)
  13. Traditional skills of carpet weaving in Kashan (2010)
  14. Radif of Iranian music (2009)

Beside this list, you can find about tangible cultural and natural heritages by clicking here.

* Written by Moohammad Naderi.

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