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Leuven age set ritual repertoire. ©UNESCO 2009
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Leuven age set ritual repertoire

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The age sets of Leuven, Belgium, are a decade-long rite of passage for men who share the same year of birth. Men form their group at age forty and participate in social and cultural activities that culminate ten years later with a celebration around the city's statue of the prophet Abraham. Each age set chooses its own medal, flag and uniform, and has a ‘godfather' a decade older. The age set rituals provide participants and the entire city with a strong sense of identity.

on this subject: Nomination file / Dossier de candidature

Place/Country: Belgium
Series: 2011 Inscriptions on the Representative List
Type: Documentary
Credits: Ravi bvba and Heritage Cell Leuven, producer.
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Rights/Droits: © 2009 by Heritage Cell Leuven

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