5 Intangible Treasures

Unesco takes traditional values under protection. here are five examples of Turkey’s intangible cultural heritage.

1 Wedding Dish
Genellikle dev kazanlarda aile üyelerinin müşterek katılımıyla yapılıp; şenlik havasında tüketilen keşkek, Türkiye’nin her yerinde seviliyor ve lezzet sırları asırlar boyu ustadan çırağa aktarılıyor. Buğday başta olmak üzere mısır ve barbunya fasulyesinden de yapılabilen keşkek, genellikle tereyağı ya da kemikli dana eti ile lezzetlendiriliyor.
Made in enormous cauldrons by the whole family and consumed in a festive atmosphere, keşkek is much loved all over Turkey, and the secret of its flavor has been passed down from master to apprentice for centuries. Made primarily of wheat with corn and pinto beans, keşkek is made even tastier by the addition of butter and a meaty veal bone.

2 Shadow Puppet Theater
Osmanlı’dan bu yana sürdürülen bir gölge oyunu geleneği olan Karagöz ile Hacivat, izleyicilerini eğlendirirken toplumsal bilinç oluşmasında da önemli rol oynuyor.
Traditional shadow puppet theater harking back to the Ottomans, Karagöz and Hadjivat played a key role in developing the social conscience while simultaneously entertaining audiences.

3 Olied Wrestlig
A 650-year-old tradition, Kırkpınar Greased Wrestling takes place at Edirne every year in June. The best of the wrestlers (pehlivan) who compete in the matches on the Er Meydanı are decided in the finals, held on the last day.

4 Minstrels
A verbal art unique to Anatolia, the âşık tradition has preserved its existence for centuries. Minstrel poets who recite verses extemporaneously with or without musical accompaniment are called âşıks, and the rules that govern their art known as âşıklık (minstrelsy).

5 Storytellers
Known as the art of storytelling, meddahlık makes use of devices like impersonation and mimicry and is one of the most important branches of traditional Turkish theater.

Aşure and Mesir
Already some years ago UNESCO decided to include the whirling dervish rituals, Nevruz (Persian New Year) and Sıra Night traditions from Turkey on its Intangible Cultural Heritage List. Other traditions like aşure (Noah’s pudding), mesir macunu (aphrodisiac paste) and the evil eye bead are expected to join the list in the years ahead.