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UNESCO Recognises Malaysia's Silat As 'Intangible Cultural Heritage Of Humanity'

It's kind of a big deal.

UNESCO Recognises Malaysia's Silat As 'Intangible Cultural Heritage Of Humanity'

Malaysia's traditional martial art, the silat, is finally getting some love internationally.

According to a report by The Star Online, the combat art of self defence was listed under UNESCO's Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity category recently, giving it international recognition. 

Every year, countries around the world would nominate traditional 'intangible' art forms under the category to United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (Unesco) for its consideration. 

Kelantanese traditional dance form Mak Yong and Melaka's Dondang Sayang have also received the recognition in previous years. 

This year, silat got the nod. 

Kelantanese Mak Yong
The Tourism Ministry said in a statement quoted by Astro Awani that being listed in the category shows the country's commitment in preserving the world's heritage. 

A rich tradition

Silat is an art form that combines fighting skills and spirituality. It is believed that Silat started becoming famous throughout the Malay Archipelago around the century, but its origin is not known. 

There are many types of Silat - over 1,000 in Malaysia alone - and it is practiced in many countries around the region such as Indonesia and Philippines. 

This year, Indonesia's pencak silat also received the same recognition as our so there's no need to lay claim or fight over the honour, yeah, guys.