Unesco declares Dancing Devils world intangible cultural heritage
The Paris-based multilateral organization recognized the cultural expression of Venezuelan Dancing Devils early Thursday
Venezuelan Vice-Ministry of Identity and Cultural Diversity Benito Irady said minutes later at the hall where the decision was made that the action highlights one of the most significant expressions in Venezuela with a five-century history.
"From the 17th to the 21st century make five cycles of continued transmission from one to another generation of an exceptional event in several towns of Venezuela. Sure enough, we are reasserting with this decision at Unesco how significant is for us, Venezuelans, such status of multi-ethnical and pluri-cultural society as defined in our Constitution," he said.
Wearing the traditional masks and playing maracas, a representation exhibited its dance at the hall where the Committee made the decision.
For his part, Venezuelan Minister of Culture Pedro Calzadilla told state-run TV channel VTV that the country deserved the inclusion in the list, "not only for being world recognition, but also as a tribute by and to the people."
That political protest in Venezuela has lost momentum seems pretty obvious: people are no longer building barricades to block off streets near Plaza Francia in Altamira (eastern Caracas), an anti-government stronghold; no new images have been shown of brave and dashing protesters with bandanna-covered faces clashing with the National Guard in San Cristóbal, in the western state of Táchira; and those who dreamed of a horde of "Gochos" (Tachirans) descending in an avalanche to stir up revolt in Caracas have been left with no option but to wake up to reality.