It was early December and a Saturday evening in Konya, Turkey. Our tour bus pulls up at a lit up building shaped like a cone. It was the Mevlana Cultural Center and it is located near the Mevlana Museum. Entrance is free and we are handed leaflets explaining Mevlana history. We are there to catch the performance of the whirling dervishes. Soon the sufis appeared wearing their camel hair hats and white skirt like robes and began twirling around the stage in eccentric circles with one palm held over their heads and the other on their waist or by their side. With mystical music the twirling continued with the skirts swishing and taking on an ever increasing and graceful arc. Reading the leaflet, we learnt that it was not a dance but a religious ceremony and every movement of the hand carried a meaning.
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