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Kun Lbokator inscribed on UNESCO Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity

Source: UNESCO, Phnom Penh

On 29 November 2022, during the 17th session of the Intergovernmental Committee for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage in Rabat, Kingdom of Morocco, the Committee decided to inscribe Kun Lbokator, traditional martial arts in Cambodia, on UNESCO Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity. Kun Lbokator is a martial art dating back to the Angkorian period (9th to 15th Century). It aims to develop the mental and physical strength and discipline of its practitioners through self-defence techniques and a philosophy of non-violence. As an embodiment of Cambodia’s social, cultural and religious values, Kun Lbokator has been actively performed as part of ritual offerings to local deities and in other festivals, along with elements such as dance, music and traditional medicine, sacred objects and/or amulets, tattoos, and weapons. Kindly read more here.


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