Year 2019, Volume 5, Issue 1, Pages 257 - 268 2019-06-30

Inventorying Intangible Cultural Heritages of the Ethiopian Somali People & Assessing their Values

Seyoum Merga [1]

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Intangible Heritages are non- material cultural heritages that includes oral traditions; performing arts like music, dances; social practices, rituals and festive events; and knowledge and skills of people. Undoubtedly, nations, nationalities and peoples of Ethiopia are very in intangible cultural heritages. In addition to their cultural values, intangible heritages have great economic cultural and academic significances. Albeit there importance, most parts of intangible cultural heritages in Ethiopia remains unstudied. Similarly the intangible cultural heritages of the Ethiopian Somali are not well studied. Therefore, this study was mainly conducted to inventorying the intangible cultural heritages of the Ethiopian Somali with particular focus on two selected woredas of the Ethiopian Somali Regional State. In this study, interview, observation and FGD (Focus Group Discussion) were utilized as data gathering instruments. Then the heritages are identified and documented using UNESCO format of inventorying intangible heritages. Accordingly, samples of intangible cultural heritages have been taken and documented based on the 2003 Convention of UNESCO which divided intangible heritages into four domains. The study result shows that Ethiopian Somalis are rich in intangible cultural heritages namely oral traditions, performed arts, social practice, global and natural knowledge and art knowledge. The heritages found in the study area are generally associated with historical, religious and cultural life of the society. Moreover, the study also reveals that the heritages have potentially great social, economic, cultural and economic values. However, the heritages are not well utilized and preserved in order to ensure their transmission to the future generation. 

heritage, inventory, culture, Somali
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Primary Language en
Subjects Anthropology
Journal Section Research
Authors

Orcid: 0000-0003-4138-6002
Author: Seyoum Merga (Primary Author)
Institution: Salale University
Country: Ethiopia


Dates

Publication Date: June 30, 2019

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APA Merga, S . (2019). Inventorying Intangible Cultural Heritages of the Ethiopian Somali People & Assessing their Values. Uluslararası Kültürel ve Sosyal Araştırmalar Dergisi (UKSAD), 5 (1), 257-268. Retrieved from http://dergipark.org.tr/intjcss/issue/46909/543229
MLA Merga, S . "Inventorying Intangible Cultural Heritages of the Ethiopian Somali People & Assessing their Values". Uluslararası Kültürel ve Sosyal Araştırmalar Dergisi (UKSAD) 5 (2019): 257-268 <http://dergipark.org.tr/intjcss/issue/46909/543229>
Chicago Merga, S . "Inventorying Intangible Cultural Heritages of the Ethiopian Somali People & Assessing their Values". Uluslararası Kültürel ve Sosyal Araştırmalar Dergisi (UKSAD) 5 (2019): 257-268
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ISNAD Merga, Seyoum . "Inventorying Intangible Cultural Heritages of the Ethiopian Somali People & Assessing their Values". Uluslararası Kültürel ve Sosyal Araştırmalar Dergisi (UKSAD) 5 / 1 (June 2019): 257-268.
AMA Merga S . Inventorying Intangible Cultural Heritages of the Ethiopian Somali People & Assessing their Values. IntJCSS. 2019; 5(1): 257-268.
Vancouver Merga S . Inventorying Intangible Cultural Heritages of the Ethiopian Somali People & Assessing their Values. Uluslararası Kültürel ve Sosyal Araştırmalar Dergisi (UKSAD). 2019; 5(1): 268-257.