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Brazil’s Capoeira among Unesco’s latest cultural heritage additions

Capoeira display at the Olinda carnival.
Capoeira display at the Olinda carnival. Image by Prefeitura de Olinda / CC BY 2.0

Unesco’s 2014 list of intangible cultural heritage has given special protection to a further 27 practices from around the world, including Brazil’s popular Capoeira martial art form. Capoeira combines martial art, dance and sport and is performed by two players, or combatants, who dance on their hands and feet. The movement’s origins can be traced back to African slaves, who used the practice to keep alive their fighting skills under the guise of dance. The martial art form is internationally popular and is practiced in more than 160 countries. As part of the 2014 list, Unesco ( United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation) also added three more intangible cultural practices “in need of urgent safeguarding”: oral traditions from Venezuela, male-child cleansing ceremonies from Uganda and indigenous dance in Kenya. Read more: bbc.com. To read the full list: unesco.org