Cambodia's bokator martial art now officially on Unesco heritage list

Culture minister Phoeurng Sackona (centre, seated) at the Intergovernmental Committee for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage session in Rabat, Morocco, on Nov 29. - AKP

PHNOM PENH (The Phnom Penh/Asia News Network): Unesco has officially inscribed Cambodia’s “Kun Lbokator”, commonly known as Bokator, on the World Heritage List, according to Minister of Culture and Fine Arts Phoeurng Sackona in her brief report to Prime Minister Hun Sen on the night of Nov 29.

Her report, which was shared by the premier shortly after, noted that the inscription was made during the 17th session of the Intergovernmental Committee for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage held in Rabat, Morocco, on Nov 29.

The inscription, made at 10.31pm Cambodian time, is for the Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity (ICH).

Bokator is a martial art that was created by the ancient Khmer people to defend themselves and to fight wild beasts. The term bokator is derived from the mixed words “bok”, meaning “to pound”, and “tao”, which refers to the lion, the strongest carnivorous animal known to the ancient Khmer.

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