Daily Images | Whirling Dervish

The whirling dance associated with Dervishes is part of a ceremony known as the Sama. The Sama is only one of the many Sufi ceremonies performed to try to reach religious ecstasy. This practice, though not intended as entertainment, has become a tourist attraction in Turkey. Sama is a spiritual act, so please DO NOT applaud while watching. Although you can, if you wish, after the dervishes have left the stage.

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