Ancient dance Wititi of Peru elated to be UN intangible cultural heritage

Wititi dancers converged to the Colca Valley in Peru’s southern province of Caylloma, to celebrate the ancient art’s elation to the status of Intangible Cultural Heritage by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) on December 2.

As one of the most conspicuous cultural manifestations of the valley, Wititi dance is usually performed for major religious events and festivities during the rainy season between December and March to mark agricultural cycle and courtship among young people.

Except for its religious and agricultural functions, the preserved components of Wititi like regional attire, fast tempo and coupled pattern have made it especially popular nowadays for young men to woo their sweethearts.

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