UNESCO registers Mongolian Camel Coaxing ritual

During the 10th session of the Intergovernmental Committee for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage, which took place in Windhoek, Namibia between 30th November and 4th December, UNESCO registered the Mongolian Coaxing ritual for camels. The purpose of the ritual is to enable a female camel to accept a new-born calf or to adopt an orphan. The mother is tied close to the calf and the singer begins a monotone song which varies in accordance with the mood of the female camel. The ritual often takes place at dusk. Following the UNESCO decision a confirmation ceremony took place in the Central Culture Palace on the 5th February.

Mongolia has thirteen UNSECO registered “treasures”, including the Mongolian ger (yurt), horse-head fiddle, the “urtiin duu”-traditional folk song, knucklebone tossing, eagle hunting, the “Mongol Tuuli”-epic, calligraphy, the “Bie Biyelgee” dance, Khuumii, Tsuur-traditional music and the traditional flute or “limbe”.

                                                     Source: Ministry of Foreign Affairs