UNESCO’s Intangible Cultural Heritages in China (1) (10)

(People's Daily Online) 15:41, January 18, 2023

Urtiin Duu, traditional folk long song

The item “Urtiin Duu, traditional folk long song” was inscribed on UNESCO's Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity in 2008.

The Urtiin duu or “long song” is one of the two major forms of Mongolian songs, the other being the short song” (bogino duu).

As a ritual form of expression associated with important celebrations and festivities, Urtiin duu plays a distinct and honoured role in Mongolian society. It is performed at weddings, the inauguration of a new home, the birth of a child, the branding of foals and other social events celebrated by Mongolia’s nomadic communities.The Urtiin duu can also be heard at the naadam, a festivity featuring wrestling, archery and horseracing competitions. 


(Web editor: Zhong Wenxing, Wu Chengliang)


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