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Tapped as new world heritage, reggae continues to evolve

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UNESCO on Nov. 29 added to its Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity list a set of ritual visits of deities in masks and costumes in Japan, known as “raiho-shin” (visiting deity).

There was something humorous about visiting deities with terror-inspiring visages, such as Namahage in Oga, Akita Prefecture, gathered to celebrate the registration.

In the Caribbean, far from Japan, many people must have celebrated the addition of reggae music to the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization list on the same day with joyous dancing.

The music genre originated in........

© The Asahi Shimbun