Mongolian contortionists vie for UN nod

Government petitions UN heritage organisation to help preserve the tradition of contortion in the country.

    When it comes to contorting the body into unnatural and wonderful positions, Mongolians claim that nobody does it quite like them.

    It is a matter of national pride for a people with a rich and long history. 

    Now the government is petitioning to get the tradition of contortion protected by the United Nations heritage organisation.

    Al Jazeera's Marga Ortigas reports from the Mongolian capital of Ulaanbaatar.

    SOURCE: Al Jazeera


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