Egypt’s old­est pup­pet show Al-Aragouz joins UN­ESCO’s in­tan­gi­ble cul­tural her­itage list

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Egypt’s most fa­mous tra­di­tional chil­drens’ pup­pet show, El-Aragouz, was ac­cepted on Wed­nes­day to be a part of the UN­ESCO In­tan­gi­ble Cul­tural Her­itage list.

The in­ter­gov­ern­men­tal com­mit­tee gath­ered for a week in Mau­ri­tius for their an­nual event, in which they con­sider the tra­di­tional knowl­edge and skills that need to be safe­guarded by adding them to the list.

Al-Aragouz is a wooden mar­i­onette pup­pet that is about to be dis­tin­guished within the city life. It first saw the light in Egypt in the Fa­timid era. His­tory books did not de­tect the ori­gin of the pup­pet, but it was stated that it was not cre­ated in Egypt. When it came to Egypt, that type of art was only ex­clu­sive to sul­tans and the elites.The art gained wide pop­u­lar­ity in Egyp­tian so­ci­ety as it re­flected the po­lit­i­cal, cul­tural and eco­nomic sit­u­a­tions of the peo­ple through the pup­pets which ap­peared in dif­fer­ent shapes and roles.

Through­out the years, Al-Aragouz widely spread among all so­cial classes, and be­came an in­sep­a­ra­ble part of dif­fer­ent Prophet bith cel­e­bra­tions, also known as Moulids. It started fad­ing away with the ap­pear­ance of an­i­ma­tion shows TV.

Cur­rently, Wamda Troupe is still the only per­form­ing group of the show at old Cairo’s Bayt Al-Suhaymi.

Al-Aragouz first saw the light in Egypt in the Fa­timid era

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