29 November 2018
The Intergovernmental Committee for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage, currently meeting in Mauritius, inscribed the epos of the Turkic peoples in the Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity.Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, Turkey—Heritage of Dede Qorqud/Korkyt Ata/Dede Korkut, epic culture, folk tales and music—The epic culture, folk tales and music of Dede Qorqud/Korkyt Ata/Dede Korkut (Grandfather Qorud) are based on 12 heroic legends, stories and tales and 13 traditional musical compositions transmitted orally through performances with specific cultural codes and musical compositions. The legendary character of Dede Qorqud appears in each story as an old man whose words, music and expressions of wisdom relate to traditions associated with birth, marriage and death. The practice contains profound knowledge about the history and culture of Turkic-speaking communities and is practiced and sustained on a wide variety of occasions.
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