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IMAGE 6/29, ID# 2839
Derwish dancers at the Mevlevi convent in Galata
Derwish dancers at the Mevlevi convent in Galata
The Derwish are part of the Sufi, a member of an ascetic-religious Muslim order. The ecstatic trance dance (sema), in which the performers rapidly and very elegently revolve around their vertical axis for several minutes is practised in the Mevlevi Order. It is seen as a physical method to enter a state of religious ecstasy (majdhb, fana) which allows communication with Allah.
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Album name:People and Culture
Date added:06 Jan, 2007
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