World Culture

Portugal’s Intangible Cultural Heritage

A woman performs Fado, the Portuguese musical tradition. (Courtesy UNESCO)
A woman performs Fado, the Portuguese musical tradition. (Courtesy UNESCO)

The origin of Lisbon, capital of Portugal, is shrouded in mist. The name itself comes from “Allis-Ubo,” meaning safe harbour. The city had been occupied...




  • (L to R) John Haldane, J. Newton Rayzor, Sr. Distinguished Professor of Philosophy, Baylor University; Mark Johnston, Henry Putnam University Professor of Philosophy​, Princeton University; Sir Roger Scruton, Writer and Philosopher, Senior Fellow, Ethics and Public Policy Center, Washington D.C.; Alicja Gescinska, Philosopher and Novelist; Daniel Cullen, Professor of Political Science, Rhodes College, at the James Madison Program in American Ideals and Institutions event, "The Achievements of Sir Roger Scruton," in Princeton University, on April 3, 2017. (Sameer A. Khan)

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  • Chariot Model (Modern Replica) China, original: Qin dynasty (221–206 B.C.),
bronze with pigments
chariot box, including axles: width 53 1/2 inches, depth 25 inches, weight 220.5 pounds; canopy: height 4 inches, diameter 49 1/2 inches; weight 66 pounds; each horse: height 36 1/2 inches, weight 13 1/2 inches, length 46 1/2 inches, Emperor Qinshihuang's Mausoleum Site Museum. (Courtesy of the Metropolitan Museum of Art)

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  • "Island Pagoda," from the book, "Foochow and the River Min," circa 1873, by John Thomson. Carbon print. (Courtesy of Stephan Loewentheil Historical Photography of China Collection)

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  • Dan Stevens as the Beast and Emma Watson as Belle in "Beauty and the Beast." (Disney)

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  • A Chinese official is paraded through the streets of Beijing by Red Guards on Jan. 25, 1967. The words on his dunce cap accuses him of being a "political pickpocket." During Mao Zedong's reign (1949-1977), many Chinese citizens and officials were accused of political crimes, and labeled "class enemies" and "counter-revolutionaries."  (Associated Press)

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  • Tatsuo Imaishi at the restoration shop of Rare Violins of New York in Manhattan, New York, on Jan. 9, 2017. (Samira Bouaou/Epoch Times)

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  • Monroe never performed in a formal theatre production, despite many key people in her life encouraging her to do so. (CC0 1.0)

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  • Penn Station, New York, circa 1911. (Public domain)

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  • Yvonne Wakim Dennis talks about her life's work educating people about Native American Indian history and culture, New York, Jan. 12, 2017. (Benjamin Chasteen/Epoch Times)

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  • Leonard Bernstein of New York conduct the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra for a military audience at Beersheba, Israel, the ?desert capital of the Negev,? Nov. 1948. (AP Photo)

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