Cultural heritage, tangible and intangible: Two sides of the same coin? The example of the agri-food tradition

Author: Andromachi Economou

The present study focuses on the concept of cultural heritage and the way in which it is presented in the scientific dialogue of anthropological approaches. The focus is on two versions of cultural heritage, the material and the immaterial, as they are reflected in the newest cultural practices, especially after the UNESCO convention (2003), which is applied in many countries, including Greece (since 2006) . As an ethnographic example, the agro-food tradition and the various cultural practices of highlighting and exploiting it are analyzed (celebrations, bazaars and festivals in rural and urban areas, registration in the national and international List of Intangible Cultural Heritage, etc.), with the aim of highlighting the inseparable and the dual relationship of the material with the immaterial in nutritional cultural phenomena.

Key words: Crete, kinship, economy, social transformation, education, naming, fertility (female, male), animal husbandry, agriculture.

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