Intangible Heritage in Colombia in the midst of Armed Conflict and Unreached Peace

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60 years of armed conflict in Colombia have left a profound mark on Colombian society. As a result of the violent acts of a society, the manifestations of the culture of representative social groups have left traces of very deep wounds yet to be studied. Colombia's cultural heritage, originally inherited from the indigenous, peasant and black slave peoples, is the basis of the traditional structure of knowledge and know-how that sustains cultural manifestations. The drums, the chirimías and the chants which have been placed on the representative list of the intangible heritage of Colombia and others in UNESCO, based on international soft law, have been beaten with all the force of the conflict in the most savage and bloody way, of the so-called "democratic security" of the current government, which is still at the heart of the right-wing politics of the country today.

This chapter takes as an example the case of the Salado massacre in the Montes de Maria, department of Bolivar, Colombia, in which, between the 16th and 21st February of 2000, a group of paramilitaries (army at the service of the ultra-right-wing promoted by the State) perpetrated the death of 66 people among men, women, and children, using the members of their community themselves to play their traditional music or the killers playing their instruments after each brutal murder or rape. Finding out how international and national law comes late but finally recognizes the barbarity of one group against another and how from the cultural heritage and the work with the community it is possible that a next-generation forgets and prepares for the future, based on reconciliation and the appreciation of their cultural values.
Idioma originalInglés estadounidense
Subtítulo de la publicación alojadaEthic, laws, and dialogue among cultures
EditoresOlimpia Niglio, Eric Yong Joong Lee
Lugar de publicaciónGermany
EditorialSpringer Verlag
EstadoEn curso - 30 jul 2020

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    CESAR AUGUSTO VELANDIA, SILVA., & Uribe Sarmiento, J. J. (2020). Intangible Heritage in Colombia in the midst of Armed Conflict and Unreached Peace. Manuscrito en preparación. En O. Niglio, & E. Yong Joong Lee (Eds.), TRANSCULTURAL HERITAGE and INTERNATIONALIZATION: Ethic, laws, and dialogue among cultures Springer Verlag.