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Whirling Dervishes

The sufi whirling is performed by dervishes of the Mevlevi order. It is a dance by the devout that depicts their ecstasy.

The performance is part of a sama, where musicians play sufi music. This photograph was taken during one such sama at an event in the Sirkeci railway station hall at Istanbul.

 

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To know more about Sama' (sema) you can read the wikipedia entry on it here

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Taken on September 11, 2012