Wiki Traditions

Kihnu cultural space

by Stéphane Bernard on

Lying off Estonia’s Baltic coast, the small islands of Kihnu and Manija are home to a community of 600 people whose cultural expressions and agricultural traditions have been...

Moussem of Tan-Tan

by Stéphane Bernard on

Nomadic peoples of the Sahara that brings together more than thirty tribes from southern Morocco and other parts of northwest Africa. Originally this was an annual event around...

Opera dei Pupi, Sicilian puppet theatre

by Stéphane Bernard on

The puppet theatre known as the Opera dei Pupi emerged in Sicily at the beginning of the nineteenth century and enjoyed great success among the island’s working classes....

Oxherding and oxcart traditions in Costa Rica

by Stéphane Bernard on

The traditional oxcart, or carreta, is the product of Costa Rica’s most famous craft. Dating from the mid-nineteenth century, oxcarts were used to transport coffee beans from Costa...

Processional giants and dragons

by Stéphane Bernard on

Traditional processions of huge effigies of giants, animals or dragons encompass an original ensemble of festive popular manifestations and ritual representations. These effigies first appeared in urban religious...

Ramlila : traditional performance of the Ramayana

by Stéphane Bernard on

Traditional performance of the Ramayana Ramlila, literally “Rama’s play”, is a performance of Ramayana epic in a series of scenes that include song, narration, recital and dialogue. It...

Sbek Thom, the Khmer shadow theatre

by Stéphane Bernard on

The Sbek Thom is a Khmer shadow theatre emphasising two-meter high, non-articulated puppets made of leather openwork. Determining from before the Angkorian period, the Sbek Thom, simultaneously with...

Traditional firing technology of Longquan celadon

by Stéphane Bernard on

Longquan Celadon History Celadon production had a long history at Longquan and affiliated sites, but it was not until the Five Dynasties (五代 907-960) and Northern Song (北宋...