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Pencak silat communities celebrate UNESCO recognition

  • Jessicha Valentina

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Sat, December 14 2019   /  12:21 am
Ready for action: Some 1,540 pencak silat martial artists demonstrate their skills at the Prambanan temple in Yogyakarta recently. Martial artists from the Perisai Diri club showed their capability in stick-based pencak silat in a nonstop three-minute performance.(JP/Suherdjoko)(JP/Suherdjoko)

Ready for action: Some 1,540 pencak silat martial artists demonstrate their skills at the Prambanan temple in Yogyakarta recently. Martial artists from the Perisai Diri club showed their capability in stick-based pencak silat in a nonstop three-minute performance.(JP/Suherdjoko)Traditional Indonesian martial art pencak silat was added to UNESCO‚Äôs Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity in Bogota, Colombia, on Thursday local time.The announcement made pencak silat communities shed tears of happiness, as they had been working toward such recognition since 2017, Pencak Silat Indonesia Community founding board member Wahdat MY said in a press conference in Jakarta on Friday.Indonesian pencak silat practitioner-turned-actor Yayan Ruhian also welcomed the news, telling The Jakarta Post via telephone that he felt happy upon hearing it and h...