Mind-body discipline is added to intangible cultural heritage list along with Cubaâ€™s rumba and Peruvian scissors dance
December 2, 2016: Yoga, the mind-body discipline based on ancient Indian philosophy and now practised all over the world, has joined UNESCO’s list of intangible world heritage.
It was added to the prestigious list in recognition of its influence on Indian society, from health and medicine to education and the arts, the world heritage committee said in a statement.
â€œDesigned to help individuals build self-realisation, ease any suffering they may be experiencing and allow for a state of liberation, [yoga] is practised by the young and old without discriminating against gender, class or religion,â€ UnescoÂ added in a tweet.
â€” UNESCO (@UNESCO) December 1, 2016
The list of intangible cultural treasures was created 10 years ago, mainly to increase awareness about them, while Unesco also sometimes offers financial or technical support to countries struggling to protect them.
On Wednesday, the Paris-based UN body added Cubaâ€™s rumba dance and Belgiumâ€™s beer culture to the list, which also includes the Mediterranean diet, Peking opera and the Peruvian scissors dance.
Unesco began compiling a list for cultural and natural world heritage â€“ physical properties such as Cambodiaâ€™s Angkor Wat or the Grand Canyon in the United States â€“ in 1972.
The list now comprises 814 cultural sites, 203 natural ones and 35 with both natural and cultural qualities such as Australiaâ€™s Uluru national park, formerly known as Ayerâ€™s Rock.
The committee concludes its review of nominations to the list of â€œrepresentative intangible cultural heritage of humanityâ€ on Friday.