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Traditional knowledge of the jaguar shamans of Yuruparí (Colombia)

The Intergovernmental Committee for the Safeguarding of Intangible Heritage meeting in Bali inscribed on 27 November 2011 the Traditional knowledge of the jaguar shamans of Yurupari (Colombia) on the Representative List of Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity. The jaguar shamans of Yurupar? are the common heritage of the many ethnic groups living along the Pir? Paran? River in southeastern Colombia. Using traditional knowledge and ritual practices, the shamans heal, prevent sickness and revitalize nature. During the Hee Biki ritual, male children learn the traditional guidelines for these practices as a part of their passage into adulthood. It is believed that shamans inherited their traditional knowledge from the all-powerful, mythical Yurupar?, an anaconda who lived as a human and is embodied in sacred trumpets. More information on: http://www.unesco.org/culture/ich/RL/00574 and http://www.unesco.org/new/en/media-services/single-view/news/seven_new_inscriptions_on_the_intangible_heritage_representative_list/ To know more about Intangible Heritage visit: http://www.unesco.org/culture/ich/index.php?lg=en&pg=00001 Extended version of this video on: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CqWoosEGy2Q Video copyright: ? 2010 ACAIPI, Fundaci?n Gaia Amazonas. 4 Direcciones Audiovisual. National Geographic T.V.
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