To own culture, you must live it.
Witness the Burmese Longyi cloth——a sarong-like cloth——which the Burmese wear daily for work. And nobody in Japan felt any need to register the Kabuki theater format; nobody in the World can mistake their heritage as belonging to anyone else.
Before we register a world heritage, or even a national heritage, it must first be alive in our everyday lives.
[Some ‘talk’ today on the SocMeds about preserving national cultures & heritages…] [venting my opinions here, as opposed to jumping into the fray.]