What is Intangible Cultural Heritage?

The term ‘cultural heritage’ has changed content considerably in recent decades, partially owing to the instruments developed by UNESCO. Cultural heritage does not end at monuments and collections of objects. It also includes traditions or living expressions that called as intangible cultural heritage which is inherited from our ancestors and passed on to our descendants, such as oral traditions, performing arts, social practices, rituals, festive events, knowledge and practices concerning nature and the universe or the knowledge and skills to produce traditional crafts.

Sources:
UNESCO (2003) Convention for the safeguarding of the intangible Cultural Heritage. Paris: UNESCO.

 

What affects intangible cultural heritage?

  • Traditional, contemporary and living at the same time

    Intangible cultural heritage does not only represent inherited traditions from the past but also contemporary rural and urban practices in which diverse cultural groups take part.

  • Inclusive

    Whether they are from the neighbouring village, from a city on the opposite side of the world, or have been adapted by peoples who have migrated and settled in a different region, they all are intangible cultural heritage.

  • Community-based

    Intangible cultural heritage can only be heritage when it is recognized as such by the communities, groups or individuals that create, maintain and transmit it.

  • Representative

    Intangible cultural heritage is not merely valued as a cultural good, on a comparative basis, for its exclusivity or its exceptional value.

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KEY ELEMENT OF INTANGIBLE CULTURE HERITAGE #1 – PERFORMANCE ART

KEY ELEMENT OF INTANGIBLE CULTURE HERITAGE #2 – CUSTOM AND CULTURE

KEY ELEMENT OF INTANGIBLE CULTURE HERITAGE #3 – VERBAL TRADITION

KEY ELEMENT OF INTANGIBLE CULTURE HERITAGE #4 – FINE ART AND CRAFT

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Source :

An Overview on Intangible Cultural Heritage In Malaysia. Solihah Mustafa & Yazid Saleh. Department of Environment and Geography, Faculty of Human Sciences. Universiti Pendidikan Sultan Idris, Malaysia. International Journal of Academic Research in Business and Social Sciences 2017, Vol. 7, No. 4