Intangible Heritage
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Intangible heritage can be understood as the living heritage of humanity. That is, the expressions, rituals and traditions that are inherited from our ancestors and will be transmitted to our decedents. Intangible heritage is manifested through oral traditions, such as story-telling; performing arts, such as traditional dance and music; social practices and ritual events; knowledge and practices; and traditional craftsmanship. It encompasses living expressions and traditions.

In November 2005, UNESCO’s Director General proclaimed the “Cultural Space of the Bedu in Petra and Wadi Rum” a Masterpiece of the Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity.  In March 2006 Jordan ratified the Convention for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage, and the Cultural Space of the Bedu is now inscribed on the Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity.

The Cultural Space of the Bedu celebrates the uniqueness of the Bedu way of life in these two areas.  UNESCO Amman is supporting the Jordan Hashemite Fund for Human Development (JOHUD) in the Action Plan for Safeguarding the Intangible Cultural Heritage of the Bedu which involves recording oral expressions (song, poetry, story-telling and place-naming) and skills (tent-making, animal husbandry, rituals of coffee) and supporting activities that ensure these traditions are not lost.

With the support of the European Union, UNESCO has launched the “Mediterranean Living Heritage Project (MEDLIHER)” to support the implementation of the Convention for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage in Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon and the Syrian Arab Republic .Phase i to create a comprehensive inventory of the knowledge bearers in the intangible heritage is underway .

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