29.01.2013 - UNESCO Office in Moscow

«Performance of the Armenian epic of 'Daredevils of Sassoun' or 'David of Sassoun'» inscribed on the Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity of UNESCO

2012 by National Aesthetic Center

The Intergovernmental Committee for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage closed its 7th session at UNESCO Headquarters in Paris on 7th December, 2012. Along with 2 other elements of Intangible Cultural Heritage of Armenia, “Armenian cross-stones art, symbolism and craftsmanship of Khachkars” included in 2010 and “Duduk and its music” included in 2008, “Performance of the Armenian epic of 'Daredevils of Sassoun' or 'David of Sassoun'” was inscribed on the Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity of UNESCO.

The Armenian epic "Daredevils of Sassoun", the story of David of Sassoun, falls within the tradition of heroic folktales that dramatize and voice the deepest sentiments and aspirations of a nation. The epic is told in a lyrical voice with rhythmic enunciation, while separate cantos are sung in a rhyming poetic style. It is performed during weddings, birthdays, christenings and major national cultural events. Usually the epos teller sits, wearing national costume and is accompanied on the duduk, a woodwind instrument.

Intangible cultural heritage encompasses practices and living expressions handed down from one generation to the next. These living traditions are constantly recreated by communities in response to their environment, their interaction with nature and their history. This dynamism is precisely what makes culture such a powerful force for dialogue, exchange and understanding between peoples. Safeguarding living traditions helps to harness the power of cultural diversity for more cohesive societies and a more peaceful world.

The Committee meets annually to evaluate nominations proposed by States Parties on inscription of elements of intangible heritage on the Convention’s Lists. There are two lists of the Convention of 2003, the List of Intangible Cultural Heritage in Need of Urgent Safeguarding, which is aimed at safeguarding ICH elements whose viability is threatened, the Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity which is intended to illustrate the diversity of the ICH of humanity across all its domains and across all communities and groups and the REGISTER OF BEST SAFEGUARDING PRACTICES where the programmes, projects and activities that best reflect the principles and objectives of the Convention are presented.

More information: http://www.unesco.org/culture/ich/en/RL/00743

Lists of elements of Intangible Cultural Heritage




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