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Unesco adds Chinese shadow puppetry, Belgian set ritual repertoire to 'intangible heritage' list

Unesco adds Chinese shadow puppetry, Belgian set ritual repertoire to 'intangible heritage' list

In this photograph taken on Dec 22, 2010, Acehnese men perform the Saman dance in Banda Aceh, the capital of Aceh province. The colourful clapping Saman dance, "the dance of a thousand hands", from Aceh province on the tip of Sumatra island were among nine new traditions placed on an UNESCO 'intangible heritage' list of practices in need of preservation. -- PHOTO: AFP PHOTO / CHAIDEER MAHYUDDIN DENPASAR, Indonesia (AFP) - Chinese shadow puppetry and Belgian set ritual repertoire, both passed down through the generations were added on Saturday to Unesco's list of 'intangible cultural heritage' of humanity. Envoys on Indonesia's resort island of Bali added the two new entries to Unesco's intangible cultural heritage of humanity list for 2011. Chinese shadow puppetry is a form of theatre acted by colourful silhouette figures made from leather or paper, accompanied by music an...

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