The epic tales of Dede Qorqud, handed down for centuries by the Oguz Turks, have been added to the list of UNESCO’s cultural heritage representatives. The announcement was made during the 13th session of the Intergovernmental Committee for the Protection of the Intangible Cultural Heritage held in Port Louis, capital of Mauritius.
The document on this nomination was presented jointly by Turkey, Azerbaijan and Kazakhstan.
The Ministry of Culture and Tourism of Turkey stated in a statement that the heritage of Dede Qorqud was a “unifying element” among the Turkish-speaking countries.
Dede Qorqud is based on 12 heroic legends, stories and stories and 13 traditional musical compositions shared and transmitted through the generations through oral expressions, performing arts, cultural codes and musical compositions.