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Mevlana Statue, Buca

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The Sema came to symbolize Mevlevi Order for it is the oldest ritual of the Order. Accompanied by music and systemized by certain rules, the “whirling” act has, in time, become more majestic, impressive, and appealing. Pir Adil Chalabi (died 1490), one of Hz. Mevlana’s great-grandchildren, more or less finalized the form, as performed today, of “Sema”. In time it was transformed into a ‘ritual’ by Mevlevis.

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Taken on March 30, 2012