Indonesia's national education and culture ministry has listed intangible heritages from its national cultures with expectation to be endorsed by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) as part of World's Heritages.
Seventy intangible heritages have been shortlisted by experts at the ministry this year, selected from 2,644 that have been gathered from 2009 to 2012, a senior official at the ministry said.
"The selected cultural creations have fulfilled the administrative requirement and had gone through several processes that include field verification conducted by experts," Mukhlis Pa Eni, head of intangible heritage experts at the ministry said.
He added that the decision to select those intangible heritages was carried out by 15 experts in the ministry through a general meeting held mid last month.
He said that besides seeking World's Heritages endorsement from the UNESCO, the registration on those intangible heritages was very essential to preserve and protect national cultural heritages from being claimed by other countries.
The historian at University of Indonesia (UI) state college added that the registration on cultural heritages was also mandated by 2003 Convention for the Safeguarding of Intangible Cultural Heritage that Indonesia has ratified, legalized through presidential regulation No. 78/2007.
Among the newly-listed intangible heritages were the Tor Tor dance from North Sumatra, the Gadang house from West Sumatra, Mak Yong dance from Riau, Songket fabric from South Sumatra, the Debus dance from Banten, Tapis fabric from Lampung, Ondel ondel dance from Jakarta, Kujang dagger from West Java, the Reog Ponorogo dance from East Java, Songket Sambas fabric from West Kalimantan, Ulap Doyo fabric from East Kalimantan, Kolintang and Sasando music instruments from North Sulawesi and East Nusa Tenggara, Sasak leather puppet dance from West Nusa Tenggara, Asmat wood carving from Papua and Crazy Bamboo dance from North Kalimantan.
The UNESCO has endorsed Indonesia's seven intangible heritages as part of World's Heritages, including Java puppet dance of Wayang, Batik cloth and fabric, Keris dagger, angklung bamboo music instrument, the Saman dance, noken traditional carrier and Sumba weaved fabric.
Indonesia, the world's largest archipelago country with over 17, 000 islands, is home to more than 300 ethnic groups.
So far Indonesia has registered 14 of its tangible and intangible heritages on UNESCO's world heritages list. The inscription of Indonesia's heritages was highly expected to boost up the country's tourism industry.
Indonesia is targeting to see the incoming of 9 million foreign tourists this year, higher than 8 and 7.4 million people recorded in 2012 and 2011 respectively. It expects to have 10 million foreign visitors next year. (ShanghaiDaily)