Whirling Dervishes Ceremony

Whirling Dervishes are scholars that come from a mystical Muslim school of thought and aim to find love and knowledge through direct personal experience of Allah. Sufism, often referred to as the mystical dimension of Islam, was formerly understood in Orientalist scholarship as a spiritual movement that reached its apogee (Nirvana) during the medieval period of Islamic history, with its crowning achievement being the brilliant literary productions in Arabic and Persian that became the classics of the Sufi tradition.

Whirling Dervishes Ceremonies or Sema is held with a special musical repertoire called Ayin. This is based on four sections of both vocal and instrumental compositions using contrasting rhythmic cycles and is performed by at least one singer, a flute-player (neyzen), a kettledrummer and a cymbal player.

Dancers would receive 1,001 days of reclusive training within the mevlevihanes, a sort of cloister, where they learnt about ethics, codes of behaviour and beliefs by living a practice of prayer, religious music, poetry and dance. After this training, they remained members of the order but went back to their work and families, combining spiritualism with civil life. The dancers begin to rotate on their left feet in short twists, using the right foot to drive their bodies around the left foot. The body of the whirler is meant to be supple with eyes open, but unfocused so that images become blurred and flowing.

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We offer Whirling Dervishes Ceremony in a 15th Century Turkish Hammam, called as Hodjapasha Culture Center in Istanbul . The Whirling Dervishes Ceremony is announced as an INTANGIBLE WORLD HERITAGE in Traditional performing art social practices themes by UNESCO in 2005.

The whirling dervishes ceremony starts every day at 19:00pm and takes about 1 hour in total. The ticket rate for ceremony will 20 Euro per person. The rate is only for the ticket, the transportation is not included. As the place is very central in Istanbul, you will be able to easily walk to the center. As the concentration is very important for the dancers, children under the age of 10 are not permitted at this ceremony. It will also not be possible to take pictures during the ceremony.

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