UNESCO includes Turkic epic 'Korkyt ata' in the list of heritage of mankind
The 'Korkyt ata' legendary hero appears in every story in the form of an old man, whose words, music and wise sayings tell stories about the traditions associated with birth, marriage, and death.
The Intergovernmental Committee for the Safeguarding of Intangible Cultural Heritage, which meets in Port Louis (Republic of Mauritius), included the 'Korkyt Ata' (“The Book of Dede Korkut”) epic of Turkic peoples during the session on UNESCO’s intangible heritage list, citing a website of UNESCO.
Heritage of Dədə Qorqud/Korkyt ata/Dede Korkut- epic, folk legends and music (Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, Turkey) - the culture, which includes epic, folk legends and music performed by the legendary character - Dədə Qorqud/Korkyt ata/Dede Korkut is based on 12 heroic legends, stories and tales, and 13 traditional musical works, performed orally.
Such performances are associated with certain cultural codes and musical works. The legendary hero, grandfather Korkut, appears in every story in the form of an old man, whose words, music and wise sayings tell about traditions associated with birth, marriage, and death.
The tellings carry a deep knowledge of the history and culture of the Turkic-speaking communities. These are common and performed during various events.