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This is a picture of a group of "Whirling Dervishes" near Goreme performing a Sema. The picture is a little dark, because the ceremony takes place in a dark, completely quiet place so that the dervishes can concentrate during thir meditation. I used some gamma to see them better and would like to see the image more defined, but don't get there with my limited ACDSee skills. Any workshops (and of course, comments) are welcome.

The Mevlevi or Whirling Dervishes are one of the sects of Sufis, who were associated to poverty and self-denial. The dance the dervishes perform is intended to bring the dervishes into "direct, ecstatic communion with Allah". They wear long circular skirts to whirl around the place in a state of ecstatic meditation. As a matter of fact, they seem transported to another world.

"The Sema represents a mystical journey of man's spiritual ascent through mind and love to "Perfect." Turning towards the truth, the follower grows through love, deserts his ego, finds the truth and arrives to the "Perfect." He then returns from this spiritual journey as a man who has reached maturity and a greater perfection, so as to love and to be of service to the whole of creation." (Source: Wikipedia)

"The whirling is done on the spot in an anticlockwise direction, with the right arm held high, palm upwards, and the left arm held low, palm downwards. People who feel discomfort from whirling anti-clockwise can change to clockwise. The body of the whirler is meant to be soft with eyes open, but unfocused so that images become blurred and flowing. A 15 minute period of slow rotation is followed by a gradual build up of speed over the next 30 minutes. Then the whirling takes over." (Source: Wikipedia)

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