Gadaa Inscribed on the Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity
UNESCO: Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity – 2016
Description: Gada is a traditional system of governance of the Oromo people in Ethiopia developed from knowledge gained over generations. It regulates political, economic, social and religious activity serving as a mechanism for enforcing moral conduct, building community cohesion, and expressing culture. Gada is organized into five classes taught by oral historians, with each having to progress through a series of grades before it can take the leadership. Men, whose fathers are members, participate. Transmission occurs within families and at school.