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Ta’zie (Religious Theatre) vs Noruz (the New Year and its Rituals). The Politics of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity in Iran and at UNESCO

Abstract : Above and beyond a legitimate concern with preserving intangible cultural " treasures " and " masterpieces, " what are the extra-heritage issues that tend to slip beneath UNESCO'S applications for recognition and listing? Through an examination of recent projects presented by Iran, I propose to carry out a modest ethnography that addresses the meaning of these applications, ethnography being in the words of Clifford Geertz (Geertz 1983: 152), " an enterprise (…) whose aim is to render obscure matters intelligible by providing them with an informing context.
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Christian Bromberger. Ta’zie (Religious Theatre) vs Noruz (the New Year and its Rituals). The Politics of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity in Iran and at UNESCO. Ethnologies, Folklore Studies Association of Canada, 2016, 36 (1), pp.129-140. ⟨10.7202/1037603ar⟩. ⟨hal-01599574⟩

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