Iran to inscribe ‘Traditional Medicine’ on UNESCO list

Iran has offered ‘Traditional Persian Medicine’ to be registered on UNESCO’s representative list of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanities.

The file is to be reviewed at the eighth session of the committee’s meeting which will take place in the Azerbaijan’s capital city, Baku, from December 2 to 8, 2013.

The organization’s secretariat processed 61 files submitted by the different counties for the 2013 cycle.

Azerbaijan has submitted an Asian game titled ‘Chowgan’ which is originated in Iran more than two millennia ago.

Chowgan, which is known as Polo in western countries, is an ancient Persian game that had been named in the Iranian epic poet Ferdowsi’s masterpiece The Shahnameh about 1,000 years ago.

Polo was carried to India by the Mongol rulers, thereafter, the British army officers assigned to India took the game to England and then it was propagated throughout the world.

Azerbaijan did similar movement in its last year’s submission to UNESCO’s list when the country registered traditional Persian musical instrument ‘Tar’ in its own name.
Though Azerbaijani Tar is different from the Iranian Tar in terms of form, size, number of strings, technique of performance and tones, the registered instrument is rooted in Iran.

Iranian ritual of carpet washing (Qalishuyi) held in Mashhad Ardehal was also registered on the UNESCO’s list during last year’s session.

The Iranian ritual, held every second Friday of autumn by local men, is said to commemorate the passing away of a descendant of Shia Imam Muhammad Baqir (PBUH) named Imamzadeh Soltan Ali. The ritual takes place at his shrine in Mashhad Ardehal.

Iran’s Friday Mosque (Masjid-e Jameh), located in the historical city of Isfahan, and Gonbad-e Qabus tower, situated in the city with the same name, were also inscribed on UNESCO’s World Heritage list.

By Press TV


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