The hand-ringing of Spanish bells was among 56 other candidates on the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity lists that UNESCO examined in recent days. This Wednesday, its Intangible Cultural Heritage Committee decided to award it this title at a meeting in Rabat, Morocco.
Today, there are more than 30 different ways of ringing the bell by hand in Spain, with a wide repertoire of forms and techniques. Its function over the centuries has been a means of communication for the community, announcing festive, ritual, work and daily life.
With this protection, UNESCO values this tradition and ensures the survival of the language Endangered due to lack of bell ringing.
With this inscription, Spain already adds 18 cultural manifestations that have been declared as Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity, a list that could be increased this Thursday if the candidacy of “Wooden Rafting, Wooden River Transport” is included. Spain participates in this international project led by Poland, represented by transporters from five autonomous communities (Aragon, Catalonia, Castilla-La Mancha, Navarre and Valencia) to recognize the cultural, economic, environmental importance of timber transport by river. and from a social point of view.
In February 2021, in Guadalajara, the 16 bells of Alustante were declared an asset of cultural interest.
Source: El Diario