UNESCO Approves Tibetan Intangible Cultural Heritage Applications


A total of 22 Chinese elements inscribed on the representative list of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity in 2009, including three of Tibetan, namely Gesar epic tradition, Regong arts and Tibetan Opera.

Gesar epic tradition

Photo shows the image of King Gesar. (Photo Cultural China)

The ethnic Tibetan, Mongolian and Tu communities in west and north China share the story of the ancient hero King Gesar, who was said to have been sent to heaven to vanquish monsters, depose the powerful, and aid the weak while unifying disparate tribes. The singers and storytellers perform episodes of the vast oral narrative (known as beads on a string) in alternating passages of prose and verse with numerous regional differences.

Regong arts

Famous Regong thangka artist Nyangbon (R2) poses with thangka titled Princess Wencheng Enters Tibet in Beijing, Sept. 27. (Photo tibet.cn)

In monasteries and villages along the Longwu River Basin in Qinghai Province in west China, Buddhist monks and folk artists of the Tibetan and Tu ethnic groups carry on the plastic arts of painting Thangka and murals, crafting patchwork barbola and sculpting, known collectively as the Regong arts.

Tibetan Opera

Photo taken on August 21, 2008, shows the Peking Opera and Tibetan Opera Princess Wencheng, who was married to Srongtsen Gampo, 33rd king of Tubo Tsampo, in 641. (Xinhua Photo)

Tibetan opera, the most popular traditional opera of minority ethnic groups in China, is a comprehensive art combining folk song, dance, storytelling, chanting, acrobatics and religious performances.

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