The value of the intangible – The Himalayan Times

What is intangible cultural heritage? Even though the 2003 UNESCO Convention for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage (ICH) defines ICH, it is hardly clear what it really is and especially how we are to grasp this ethereal determinant of culture.The intangible is in constant flux as it adapts to changing circumstances. It is in minds of humans that intangible heritage exists in the form of knowledge. Through skills derived by the human body it is possible to express intangible heritage. The knowledge and skills are passed down from generation to generation and each generation will add, amend, elaborate or remove aspects as communities develop and change. This process ensures that communities retain their own identity whereby ensuring the overall safeguarding of cultural diversity.

Source: The value of the intangible – The Himalayan Times


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