Cultural heritage does not end at monuments and collections of objects. UNESCO's list includes the 'intangible'—traditions or living expressions inherited from our ancestors and passed on to our descendants, such as oral traditions, performing arts, social practices, rituals, festive events, knowledge and practices concerning nature and the universe or the knowledge and skills to produce traditional crafts. While fragile, intangible cultural heritage is essential in maintaining cultural diversity in the face of growing globalisation. Understanding different communities' intangible cultural heritage helps with intercultural dialogue and encourages mutual respect for other ways of life. The importance of intangible cultural heritage is not the cultural manifestation itself but rather the wealth of knowledge and skills transmitted through it from one generation to the next.
1. Rickshaws and rickshaw painting in Dhaka, Bangladesh
They protect fundamental human rights by transmitting their knowledge to mothers and families. It varies according to the social, cultural and natural contexts of different communities and countries and sometimes includes knowledge of traditional medicine, medicinal plants and herbs. The related skills and expertise have been safeguarded, developed and passed on by practising communities for generations, especially within networks of women.