Buddhist chanting of Ladakh: recitation of sacred Buddhist texts in the trans-Himalayan Ladakh region, Jammu and Kashmir, India

Inscribed in 2012 (7.COM) on the Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity In the monasteries and villages of the Ladakh region, Buddhist lamas (priests) chant sacred texts representing the spirit, philosophy and teachings of the Buddha. Two forms of Buddhism are practiced in Ladakh - Mahayana and Vajrayana - and there are … Continue reading Buddhist chanting of Ladakh: recitation of sacred Buddhist texts in the trans-Himalayan Ladakh region, Jammu and Kashmir, India

Rūkada Nātya – traditional drama performed using string puppets in Sri Lanka

Inscribed in 2018 (13.COM) on the Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity Rūkada Nātya is a type of drama performed using string puppets, traditionally to provide light entertainment and convey moral lessons to village communities. Rūkada Nātya is made up of groups of families belonging to or related to the line known … Continue reading Rūkada Nātya – traditional drama performed using string puppets in Sri Lanka

Nuad Thai, traditional Thai massage

Inscribed in 2019 (14.COM) on the Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity (UNESCO) Nuad Thai, traditional Thai massage is regarded as part of the art, science and culture of traditional Thai healthcare. As a non-medicinal remedy and manual therapy, it involves bodily manipulation in which the practitioner helps rebalance the patient’s body, … Continue reading Nuad Thai, traditional Thai massage

New cultural practices added to the UNESCO’s intangible cultural heritage list in 2020

As many as 32 cultural practices have been added to the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization’s (UNESCO) list of intangible cultural heritage this year. As of now, the committee boasts of 584 traditions that feature on the list from 131 countries. As per the reports, some of the practices that have been added … Continue reading New cultural practices added to the UNESCO’s intangible cultural heritage list in 2020