Whirling Dervishes


They really do whirl . . . I forgot that on my recent trip to Turkey I saw some Whirling Dervish dancers and took this footage. I just came across it on my phone. They were pretty amazing and kept up that pace for about 15 minutes. It was quite mesmerising.

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  1. David,

    Fascinating. The dervishes have got this combined physical/spiritual/poetic/astronomical tradition that is really unique. For complicated reasons, many religions have dispensed with consciousness-altering drugs that used to be integral to their rituals. I wonder if the dervishes manage to attain similar states by their literal revolutions…

    I’m a bit envious that you were able to see them, but grateful that you posted this short clip.


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