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Sufi Whirling

Post  Reny P. on Mon Nov 22, 2010 12:12 am


Right now you must be wondering, what is sufi whirling? Well it a physical meditation, or a dance, which originated from the Dervish. What are Dervish people? In a simple explanation, they were Muslims which were known for their poverty.
Sufi Whirling is the practice of the Mevlevi Order in Turkey. The name Mevlevi comes from Rumi, a Persian poet, who basically created this "dance". He was a Dervish himself. Dervish mainly practice a ritual called dhikr (a remembering of Allah) in which they use the sufi whirling. This "dance" is also performed in a worship ceremony called Sema.
In this dance, you keep whirling with your arms spread and one palm facing up and another down, so that the energy can flow through (just like in some yoga positions). The more you swirl, the closer you get to the point where you reach perfection (or god). Similar to the religions we learned last year in History, where people's goals were to reach god.
When I was in Egypt I saw a young boy perform this dance, he did it for entertainment, which is not really what its meant to be, but some people can get paid for it. Not everyone can reach perfection.

here is a video so you can understand it better:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jeca3isOoW4
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