Oral Traditions and Expressions

This domain includes an extraordinary variety of orally transmitted forms of expression:

All of these traditions communicate knowledge and values, while being kept alive through the process of transmission. They form a substantial part of the collective memory of society.

Language as a vehicle of the intangible cultural heritage is one of the most fundamental pre-conditions for the safeguarding of traditions and forms of expression that are passed down orally. The loss of a language would implicate the subsequent loss of such forms. Inversely, the appreciation, promotion and artistic representation of the aforementioned stories, proverbs, poems etc. make a tremendous contribution to the safeguarding of language.

As long as oral traditions and forms of expression are appreciated as being important by and for our society, and are actually transmitted orally from one person to another, the quintessential requirements for their preservation are fulfilled.