Acceptance of intangible cultural heritages' rescue project finished in Tibet

Publish Time: 2017-04-20 Author: Tenzin Woebom From:

A lama performs cham dance at the Tashilhunpo Monastery in Shigatse. The dance, called "cham" in the Tibetan language, is believed to ward off disaster and ghost as well as bring good luck and happiness. The dancers, usually lamas, wear masks of various animals and mythical figures as they perform to the accompaniment of religious music. [Photo/Xinhua]

Recently, Tibet Autonomous Regional Community Art Center has accomplished acceptance of 2015 project about rescue work of recording 10 national intangible cultural heritages in Tibet. Tibet Daily reported.

Aimed at recording a comprehensive, real and systematic materials and skills from the representative inheritors of intangible cultural heritages by modern technological means, the rescue work has been carried out by the Ministry of Culture since 2015.

The recording work includes dictation, practice, teaching, review and working file, etc., and these precious materials have great significance to promote the inheritance of intangible cultural heritages and speed up the research and protection of intangible cultural heritages.

As older generations of representative inheritors of intangible cultural heritage retire or pass away, many intangible cultural heritages are facing a spate of problems that threaten its existence.

"Inheritor is a crucial component of the profound and diversified intangible cultural heritage," said Ngawang Tenzin, deputy director of Intangible Cultural Heritage Protection Center of Tibet Autonomous Region, adding "the average age of national-level inheritors of intangible cultural heritages is above 70 years old. When facing a dilemma of culture extinction as inheritors' death, project of recording and saving intangible cultural heritage have been fully put into effect since 2015."

In order to keep valuable materials for future generations to inherit and study, Tibet Community Art Center have so far finished rescue work of recording 10 state-level intangible cultural heritages by gathering information respectively from each representative inheritor, including Cham dance (a kind of religious dance) of Tashilunpo Monastery, Lhasa Nangma music, Nyemo Tarrong Tibetan Opera, skills of processing Tibetan medicine, Lhakhang Gyacham dance and so on.

This year, 10 state-level intangible cultural heritages covering dance, Tibetan incense, astronomy, traditional Tibetan medicine, etc. will be recorded in tapes, videos and transcripts. After that, all the audios, videos, books and reference materials will be processed and inscribed in database of intangible cultural heritage to better promote the inheritance and development of excellent Tibetan culture.

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