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Intangible Cultural Heritage in Tibet

By Source:People's Daily 2015-09-24


On Aug. 20, 2009, pupils from Lhasa perform Tibetan opera in Potala Palace Square. [Photo/Xinhua]

Cultural treasures such as the Shoton snow-covered plateau, Bangdian, Thangka, Mamba opera, and the pot village have entered city life from folk culture for 50 years. Since 2005, national and autonomous regions received an investment of nearly 130 million yuan for non-heritage protection in Tibet. Nearly 800 non-heritage projects has been found, rescued, and collected. Meanwhile, 30 teaching bases of intangible cultural heritage spots have been built.

Tibetan opera originates between the 8th and 15th century. It is an art that includes folk songs, dances, orating, acrobatics, and rituals. It was included a national intangible cultural tradition in 2006.


On Aug.17, 2012, Tibetan Buddhist Exhibition ceremonies and Tibetan opera activities are held in Lhasa Drepung monastery during the Shoton festival. [Photo/Xinhua]

Shoton Festival is a major holiday, second only to Tibetan New Year for Tibetan people. They show the Buddha as a prelude with the main content of playing opera and seeing the Tibetan masses gala party.


Sept. 26, 2014, Tibet Tashilhunpo monastery monks show "Qiangmu". [Photo/Xinhua]

"Qiangmu" is a kind of religious dance, also known as "dancing to God". It was also included in the national intangible cultural heritage site in 2006.


On June 1, 2011, students of the second primary school in Chengguan District, Lhasa, perform traditional dance Reba on Children’s Day. [Photo/Xinhua]

Reba originated in the 11th century. It is a performance consisting of wandering folk artist team. They use tambourines, integrate art with rap, dance, acrobatics, qigong, and theater.

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