UNESCO adds Jordanian folk art to 'intangible heritage' list

Jordan

Published: 2018-11-30 16:37

Last Updated: 2018-11-30 19:41


UNESCO adds Jordanian folk art to 'intangible heritage' list
UNESCO adds Jordanian folk art to 'intangible heritage' list
Roya News Source

The UN cultural agency, UNESCO, added six new elements to the list of "intangible heritage" of mankind, most notably of which was Jordanian folk art “As-Samer” which is a form of dance and singing often held at wedding ceremonies.

“During the performance, the father of the groom instructs attendees to line up and start applauding and singing. One of the dancers then calls for Al-Hashi (a veiled woman), who dances in front of the row until someone holds her back. Afterwards, she resumes her movements and the dancers perform what is called ‘Sahja’, with Al-Hashi dancing between the rows. The poetry uttered during the performance expresses feelings of joy, peace and empathy, and attendees of all ages are encouraged to take part.”

The Intergovernmental Committee for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage aims at highlighting traditions, knowledge and skills of local communities.