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Al-Maydaan
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Language(s): Arabic  subtitles: Eng

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Al-Maydaan
Omani
North Africa

Al-Maydaan is an Omani tradition of poetic jousting that incorporates sung poetry and dance. The poems can be four to ten verses long, focussing on plays on words, double meanings and puzzles. They are performed within a strict call and response framework whereby a row of men faces a row of women and accompanying drummers rhythmically punctuate the poetic exchanges between participants. Functioning both as entertainment and as art, Al-Maydaan plays an important role in celebrations and social events in local communities.


on this subject: Nomination file / Dossier de candidature

Place/country: Sultanate of Oman,
Series: 2011 Inscriptions on the Representative List/Inscriptions 2011 sur la liste représentative,
Type: Documentary
Duration: 00:06:05
Publisher/producer: Ministry of Heritage and Culture- Sultanate of Oman,
Published in: 2009

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