The UNESCO List of Intangible Heritage gives the possibility to preserve unique traditions that still exist in different national cultures of the world, but which are in danger of extinction. The idea is similar to the UNESCO List of Architectural Heritage created in the past century. Inclusion of the object into the list is considered to be an indicator of its value.
Intangible Heritage List has already received considerable attention in international media. One of the most well-known objects listed in the last year was the Mediterranean diet in Italy.
In addition to the Bedouin weaving art and healing prayers of the Peru indigenous people UNESCO has also included into the list such rites as the "thousand hands" dance of Saman in Indonesia, the art of story-tellers of the Chinese nationality Hezhen, Yaokve ritual of the Indian tribe Nave Enavene in Brazil on conservation of the world space order, sacred rituals in the Phu Tho province in Vietnam, the rites of the African Koredugaw wise clowns in Mali, poetic duel on Cyprus, the art of creating special boats for sailing in the Persian Gulf, which still remained in Iran and a number of other rituals.
In addition, culinary traditions were also included into the List of Intangible Heritage in 2011. Among them is the Turkish dish Keshkek, which is prepared from chicken and stewed wheat or barley grains for special occasions such as weddings and funerals. The dish is also known in Iran as Haleem.