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Derviches tourneurs -whirling- (30 photos)
by MarieLouise Davies Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C:  W: 353 N: 4068] (13617)

The Sufi whirling dance is the practice of the Mevlevi order in Turkey and is part of a ceremony known as the "Sema": This is only one of the Sufi ceremenies performed to try and reach religious ecstasy. This practice though not intended as entertainment, has become a tourist attraction in Turkey!
The Mevlevi order is a brotherhood known for their extreme poverty and austerity. They have been known as sources of wisdom, medicine, poetry or enlightenment.