Taigugu to be listed as intangible cultural heritage

By Xu Lin
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Taigugu, a local ritual in west Liaoning Province, was recommended to be listed as a city-level intangible cultural heritages in Huludao city.

Taigugu originated from the folk custom Jiegugu in Hongdong, Shanxi Province, and spread to west Liaoning, where it combined with the local customs to become a new ritual.

Local farmers hold a ceremony on the 25th day of the first month of the Chinese lunar year to forecast whether certain crops-- millets, beans, sweet potatoes, peanuts, potatoes and Chinese leaves--would have a good harvest year. The farmers take the forecast results as the reference for their planting plan. The ritual is now performed for good luck rather than to predict harvests.

Intangible customs, also called "Human Treasures," are a form of culture including song, skills and other parts of culture that can be recorded but cannot be touched and interacted with. The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization recognized and began protecting intangible customs in 2003.

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