Intangible cultural heritage in the Czech Republic

Between national and local heritage

Authored by: Petr Jane?ek

The Routledge Companion to Intangible Cultural Heritage

Print publication date:  December  2016
Online publication date:  December  2016

Print ISBN: 9781138860551
eBook ISBN: 9781315716404
Adobe ISBN: 9781317506898


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The words of the most important living Czech writer, Milan Kundera, graphically illustrate an important dilemma with which anyone involved in working with the concept of ICH struggles. Referring to a colorful and ancient ceremony, the folk tradition called ‘The Ride of the Kings’, he writes:

Yesterday’s action is obscured by today, and the strongest link binding us to a life constantly eaten away by forgetting is nostalgia. Remorseful nostalgia and remorseless skepticism are the two pans of the scales that give the novel its equilibrium.

(Kundera, 1967, p. viii)

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