YEREVAN — Armenian David of Sassoun (Sasuntsi Davit) epos was included in the list of Intangible cultural heritage (ICH). The epos was recognized as universal cultural value. The issue was envisaged in UNESCO Commission’s Intergovernmental Committee dealing with Intangible cultural heritage protection issues on December 4 session. The inclusion of epos is of great importance regarding political and cultural point of view.
Earlier deputy minister stated UNESCO Intangible cultural heritage convention has already paved away for a political platform. The possible inclusion of epos is of great importance regarding political and cultural point of view.
“The traditional Armenia epic Daredevils of Sassoun recounts the story of David of Sassoun, a defiant youth who defended his homeland in an unequal duel against the evil. This heroic epic is recounted and sung in sections in a lyrical voice with rhythmic enunciation. It is performed, usually sitting, to the musical accompaniment of a duduk during weddings, birthdays, christenings and major national cultural events. There are 160 variants and performances may last up to two hours,” UNESCO writes.
Over 60 applications are included in Commission’s Intergovernmental Committee’s session dealing with Intangible cultural heritage protection issues.