Wandering Minstrels and Songs of Blessing
A community’s oral traditions in song and poetry are expressions of that community’s history and heritage. Performed during auspicious occasions and important community events, these traditions help with understanding a community’s cultural identity. In this volume of the ICH Courier, we explore the lyrical traditions of communities in China, Uzbekistan, the Philippines, and Bangladesh as a way of better understanding the significance of their traditions in the context of how
they were developed.