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SUBHODEV DAS

SONGSOPTOK THE WRITERS BLOG | 1/15/2016 |





Cultural Heritage is an expression of living that is developed by a community and passed on from one generation to the next. It includes customs, practices, places, objects, artistic expressions and values.
Through human activities, cultural heritage yields tangible representations of the value systems, beliefs, traditions and lifestyles. Cultural heritage may be manifested in the following ways: built environment (e.g., buildings, townscapes, archaeological remains), natural environment (e.g., rural landscapes, coasts and shorelines, agricultural heritage), and artefacts (e.g., books & documents, objects, pictures).
Cultural Heritage is often expressed as either Intangible or Tangible.
Having at one time referred exclusively to the monumental remains of cultures, cultural heritage as a concept has gradually come to include new categories. Today, we find that heritage is not only manifested through tangible forms such as artefacts, buildings or landscapes but also through intangible forms. Intangible heritage includes voices, values, traditions, oral history. Popularly this is perceived through cuisine, clothing, and forms of shelter, traditional skills and technologies, religious ceremonies, performing arts, storytelling. Today, we consider tangible heritage to be inextricably bound up with intangible heritage.
The Heritage Cycle diagram gives an idea how Modern Humans can make the past part of their future.
By understanding (cultural heritage) :  people value it By valuing it  :  people want to care for it By caring for it  :  it will help people enjoy it From enjoying it  :  comes a thirst to understand  By understanding it…
Where does participation in the Heritage Cycle lead Modern Humans to?
Not everyone feels a connection with their cultural heritage, but many people do. What is it about cultural heritage that draws these people to it? Some may think traditions are archaic and no longer relevant, and that they are unnecessary during these modern times. Perhaps for some, they aren’t; but for others, exploring cultural heritage offers a robust variety of benefits.
Culture can give people a connection to certain social values, beliefs, religions and customs. It allows them to identify with others of similar mindsets and backgrounds. Cultural heritage can provide an automatic sense of unity and belonging within a group and allows us to better understand previous generations and the history of where we come from.

Nowhere this is better seen than in the megapolises around the world. In large cities especially, it can be easy to feel lost and alone among so many other cultures and backgrounds. New York City, for example, is a huge melting pot of people from all over the country and the world. There are large communities based around certain cultural heritages, including Irish, Italian, Asian, and others.
Another benefit that comes from preserving cultural heritage as a whole is the communal support. Those that identify strongly with a certain heritage are often more likely to help out others in that same community.
In primitive tribes we observe that the old people are almost always the guardians of the mysteries and the laws, and it is in these that the cultural heritage of the tribe is expressed. In modern societies, for the most part old people try to compete with the young in setting the tone of cultural heritage. Consequently, the definition of “culture” evolves at a much rapid pace in these modern societies.
In contrast to genetic heritage, cultural heritage may be completely evolved during the lifespan of species. The process of accumulation and evolution of cultural information through one’s participation in the Heritage Cycle happens in the same way as it happens to genetic information in the process of evolution of the species. Multi-culturalism or multiple strains of cultural heritage allow modern human to undergo diversity similar to genetic variations in a population.
The amount of memory accumulated during the lifespan of an animal does not change from generation to generation. This amount is necessary and sufficient for maintaining the steady state population number of individuals and their natural environment. The cultural heritage of modern man increases continuously. The human population growth is the consequence of such increase.

[SUBHODEV DAS]


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