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Five heritage listings sought

Smean Pe, a renowned chapei singer and musician, performs at his home last January.Photo by: Heng Chivoan
CAMBODIA plans to nominate a total of five
items for inclusion in UNSECO heritage listings next year, a secretary
of state at the Ministry of Culture and Fine Arts said yesterday.

Chuch
Phoeun said the five items included ayai, an artform that involves two
people pitching their wits against each other through song; chapei dong
veng, a two-stringed instrument with a wooden body and long neck; the
7th century Sambor Prey Kuk temples in Kampong Thom province; hol
phamuong, colourful traditional dress made from silk; and kbach kun
boran Khmer, a traditional form of boxing.

“We have been working
very hard researching and preparing about these ancient Khmer
[practices and objects] for inclusion in the UNESCO lists,” he said.

“With
our hard work and strong commitment, we expect that we will able to
submit these valuable things for the UNESCO listings by 2011.”

He
said members of an inter-ministerial task force had most recently been
travelling around the country “interviewing the old people who still
remember about the ancient Khmer boxing” to collect information about
kbach kun boran Khmer, which officials plan to submit to UNESCO in
August.

Other submissions are expected to be made in February.

Angkor
Wat and Preah Vihear temple are already included on UNESCO’s World
Heritage list, which is designed to help preserve cites or practices
deemed by the UNESCO committee to have “outstanding universal value”.

Sbek
thom, Khmer shadow puppet theatre, is the only traditional Cambodian
practice which is currently included in the body’s Intangible Cultural
Heritage list.

Phnom Penh Post
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