Intangible cultural heritage involved in tangible cultural heritage

Ito, Nobuo (2003) Intangible cultural heritage involved in tangible cultural heritage. In: 14th ICOMOS General Assembly and International Symposium: ‘Place, memory, meaning: preserving intangible values in monuments and sites’, 27 – 31 oct 2003, Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe. [Conference or Workshop Item]


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Abstract (in English)

The relationship between tangible cultural heritage, especially of monuments and sites, and intangible cultural heritage is so close that it is impossible to separate. The relationship may be roughly divided into two cases. First, intangible cultural heritage is being materialized by the tangible cultural heritage, and secondly, intangible culture playing the vital role within the establishment of tangible cultural heritage. Intangible culture in the first case may be faith and religion, philosophy, or the revelation perceived by natural phenomenon. The deep understanding of such intangible culture will give higher value to monuments and sites. However, this point shall not be discussed today. The relationship in the second case is more direct and therefore easily understandable. The first intangible cultural heritage to be discussed is technique. Usually techniques are not considered as culture, but, since it includes a system, process, and ways of construction, etc.; it should of course be considered as intangible cultural heritage. My paper will introduce in detail the techniques and tools used in the construction of Japanese wooden architecture. The relationship between tangible and intangible will be found all over the world. Thus, the study and understanding of intangible cultural heritage will offer an important basis for the maintenance, custody, conservation, and repair of tangible cultural heritage.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Ito, Nobuo
Languages: English
Keywords: intangible heritage; tangible heritage; monuments and sites; conservation
Subjects: O.INTANGIBLE HERITAGE > 01. Generalities
H.HERITAGE TYPOLOGIES > 17. Intangible cultural heritage
ICOMOS Special Collection: Scientific Symposium (ICOMOS General Assemblies)
ICOMOS Special Collection Volume: 2003, 14th
Depositing User: Jose Garcia
Date Deposited: 13 Dec 2010 12:02
Last Modified: 13 Jan 2011 19:15

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