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Namibe cave paintings classified as historical and cultural heritage

Nine sets of cave paintings in Namibe province were classified as national historical-cultural heritage, increasing their level of protection and valorisation, according to an executive decree of the Ministry of Culture, Tourism and Environment.

: Angola Image Bank
Angola Image Bank  

Hai, Kenguerera 1, Kenguerera II, Lumbundjo, Majole, Vihalo 1, Vihalo II, Onkaka and Manacombo stations, located in Caraculo, Bibala Municipality, in Namibe province, are classified in this way.

The diploma highlights the relevance of these paintings "for the deepening of the History of Angola", as they attest to the remote occupation of the territory "and their multiple contexts and indications are linked to the material and immaterial culture of the peoples who produced them over time" .

Another executive decree classifies the Bakama-Zindunga in Cabinda province as national intangible cultural heritage, in the field of cultural events.

The Bakama-Zindunga are "one of the richest cultural manifestations" in the country and carry endogenous elements of our material and spiritual culture, comprising rituals, festivals and symbologies full of meanings and with very ancient origins", says the diploma.

The Ministry of Culture also approved the classification as historical-cultural heritage of the Maria Madalena United Methodist Church, in the municipality of Cazenga, province of Luanda, which "played an important role in the emancipation of the nationalist consciousness of the Angolan people".
The building is also part "of the memory of the population of Luanda and particularly of Cazenga, due to its vocation in the fields of education and social assistance".

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