Chogan; the riding game accompanied by music and storytelling
Inserted in 2017 in the UNESCO list of Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity
Chogān is a traditional team game that has a history of over 2000 years in Iran and was the best known and favorite game in the royal courts and for ordinary people. They are two teams that compete with the goal of passing the ball through the poles of the opposing team using a wooden stick. The game is accompanied by a musical performance and narration. Each team comprises three primary groups: the players, the storytellers and the musicians. Chogān is a cultural, artistic and athletic element with a strong connection with the identity and history of its fans and players. It has a strong presence in the literature, narration, proverbs, crafts and ornaments of ancient Iran. Chogān also establishes a connection between nature, humanity and horses. Traditionally, the transmission of skill in the game was passed on informally within the family. Chogān's technicians continue to be actively safeguarded by local families and professionals. However, in recent decades, Chogān associations have also been established, which hold training courses, support local teachers and provide assistance in the transmission of all aspects of Chogān, safeguarding local diversity.