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Romanian objectives of UNESCO’s Intangible Heritage


27-02-2015, 19:39. Author: admin
Also in the intangible heritage of humanity are ceramic processing techniques from Horezu. They were included in the UNESCO list in 2012. Horezu Pottery is richly adorned, using archaic techniques, some of them still preserved from the Neolithic times. The pottery is painted with Christian motifs, but they also play with fish, fowl, stars, snakes and trees. There are two specific colours from the Horezu area; red and yellow.

Another cultural Romanian objective to be accepted in the UNESCO list is ‘Doina’, a solemn and spontaneous song style. Doina is an essential element of Romanian folklore and, apart from carolling, is the only musical genre spread throughout all of Romania. Doina can express feelings such as love, sadness or regret. Doina was included in the UNESCO list in 2009.

The fourth element found in the intangible heritage of Romanian humanity is the ‘călușul’. This is a Romanian folk dance with a syncopated rhythm and varied movements performed in Wallachia and Moldavia in Whitsuntide week. The ritual has a magical purpose, to protect people and livestock from evil spirits. In some villages, those who practice this ritual, named Căluşari are called to help the sick. The Căluşari joined UNESCO in 2005.
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