Cambodia’s traditional martial art inscribed on Unesco’s intangible cultural heritage list

Phnom Penh, Nov 30 (IANS) Kun Lbokator, Cambodia’s standard martial artwork, has been inscribed on the Unesco’s consultant checklist of the intangible cultural heritage of humanity,

The inscription was created on Tuesday during the 17th session of the Intergovernmental Committee for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage in Rabat, Morocco, Xinhua information agency quoted a govt statement as stating.

“This is a great achievement and a new supply of satisfaction for the nation, that was born of higher dedication and potent attempts produced by the govt underneath the smart management of Primary Minister Hun Sen, who has usually guarded and promoted the worth of nationwide cultural heritage,” it stated.

According to a assertion posted on the Unesco’s web-site, Kun Lbokator was mentioned on the agent record of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity.

Kun Lbokator is a martial art relationship back to the initial century, aiming to create the psychological and actual physical energy and self-control of its practitioners through self-defence techniques and a philosophy of non-violence, the information release claimed.

The teaching is not only about actual physical strategies and techniques, but also about mental disciplines on how to regard mother nature and behave with decorum in modern society.

“Masters, some of whom are considered to have therapeutic and protecting powers, lecture their apprentices about their roles and tasks in culture so that, when they have mastered the necessary techniques, they can safeguard vulnerable communities and the pure atmosphere and stand up for justice and peace,” the Unesco statement stated.

Kun Lbokator is still actively done as section of ritual offerings to community deities and in other festive activities, together with elements these kinds of as dance, new music and conventional drugs, it extra.

An embodiment of the country’s social, cultural and religious values, Kun Lbokator is widely practiced between Cambodians, regardless of their age, gender and academic history or standing, the news release reported.

To date, the Southeast Asian nation has a few tangible cultural attributes and six intangible cultural heritages stated on Unesco’s prestigious earth heritage listing.

The outlined tangible cultural qualities incorporate the Angkor Archaeological Park, Preah Vihear Temple, and Sambor Prei Kuk Archaeological Website, even though the mentioned intangible cultural heritages are the Royal Ballet Sbek Thom or Khmer Shadow Puppetry tug-of-war match Chapei Dang Veng, a long-necked, two-stringed lute Lkhon Khol Wat Svay Andet, a masked dance-theatre and Kun Lbokator.