This recent Guardian headline encapsulates my feelings about the whole heritage shtick. The heritage tag on this blog is voluminous, covering many local genres in China and elsewhere.
The starter, citing thoughtful research on the Intangible Cultural Heritage (ICH) system around the world, is
John Butt offers useful perspectives in
For China, also basic is this page on the Li family Daoists:
Another relevant post is
- Ritual traditions of Zuoyun, Shanxi
- Buddhist ritual in south Shaanxi
- Yet more heritage flapdoodle: Hongtong.
While some scholars observe how local dwellers mould the state programme to their own agendas, I often note that its effects are either negative or inconsequential. And I’m not alone.
For UNESCO in Turkey, see here.