Intangible heritage stands up to scrutiny

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via Bangkok Post, 15 December 2018: A friend from Unesco Bangkok pens this opinion piece about the inscription of the masked Khon dances from Cambodia and Thailand into the Intagible Cultural Heritage list.

That said, what is most interesting in the value of masked dance about Ramayana is not how beautiful they are as art forms, or how they are made prize possessions of countries in the nomination process. Instead, they are most interesting as local traditions that are still viable to many different communities across the region, so all of them practise and pass on the skills and passion to the next generation. These masked dance variations have survived until today, thanks to the stewardship of local community

Source: Intangible heritage stands up to scrutiny | Bangkok Post: opinion

Unesco recognises Lkhon Khol

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Lkhon Khol. Source: Khmer Times, 20181129

via Khmer Times, 29 November 2018: Cambodia’s Lkhon Khol is listed in Unesco’s Intangible Cultural Heritage List. Thailand also intends to list its version of the dance.

Lkhon Khol. Source: Khmer Times, 20181129

Lkhon Khol. Source: Khmer Times, 20181129

Unesco yesterday added Cambodia’s Lkhon Khol on its list of “intangible cultural heritage in need of urgent safeguarding” during an annual meeting of the Intergovernmental Committee for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage in the island nation of Mauritius.

Prime Minister Hun Sen then praised the move on Facebook.

“The decision by the committee is a big national pride,” Mr Hun Sen said. “It happened because of efforts by the government, local artists, civil society and encouragement from the public, which brought us successful results.”

Source: Unesco recognises Lkhon Khol – Khmer Times

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Wednesday Rojak #21

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We’ve got a lot of Khmer culture and a spot of political intrigue in Indonesia coming up in this week’s mix of stories:

  • Paul Schmeltzer brings us pictures from the Khmer temple of Phimai in Thailand.
  • Currently based in Phnom Penh, Alison in Cambodia shares a recent article she wrote for Heritage Watch about The Royal Palace.
  • An article in the International Herald Tribune discusses the furore in Solo, Indonesia over who is to succeed to the throne in the Surakarta Sultanate in a convoluted and tragically funny tale of court intrigue.
  • Andy Brouwer writes about his taste of Khmer dance
  • and also about the 10th century Khmer temple Prasat Neang Khmau.

In this series of weekly rojaks (published on Wednesdays) I’ll feature other sites in the blogosphere that are related to Southeast Asia and archaeology in general. Got a recommendation for the next Wednesday rojak? Email me!