From Jim – whirling looks better on video!
Jalāl ad-Dīn Muhammad Rūmī, known in the West as Rumi, was a 13th century, poet, Islamic scholar, and Sufi mystic. He inspired the Mevlevi, a Sufi sect known as the whirling dervishes. Sufism is practiced within the context of Islamic culture.
Rumi’s poems have attracted international attention — inspiring many to follow the inner path.
We walk to the Kulturmerkesi (Konya, Turkey), where the dervishes whirl every Saturday night. It is snowing heavily and very cold.
The dervishes file in wearing black cloaks. They bow, are seated, meditate during a vocal recitation and a flute performance.
After ritual bows, they remove their black cloaks, symbolizing casting off the ego.
The Sufi master leads a series of greeting bows, involving about ten dervishes in a circle. The dervishes cross their arms, grasping their shoulders — symbolizing the oneness of God. They then began whirling, in turn, in a ritualized manner.
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