Whirling dervishes of the<br />
Mevlana Order presenting Sama, a formal religious ceremony aiming to achieve ecstacy, at the Mevlana cultural centre, Bursa, Turkey. This Sufi order was founded in Konya (then capital of the Anatolian Seljuk Sultanate) by the followers of Rumi, a 13th-century Persian poet. They are known as the Whirling Dervishes due to their famous practice of whirling as a form of dhikr (remembrance of God). Picture by Manuel Cohen

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Whirling dervishes of the
Mevlana Order presenting Sama, a formal religious ceremony aiming to achieve ecstacy, at the Mevlana cultural centre, Bursa, Turkey. This Sufi order was founded in Konya (then capital of the Anatolian Seljuk Sultanate) by the followers of Rumi, a 13th-century Persian poet. They are known as the Whirling Dervishes due to their famous practice of whirling as a form of dhikr (remembrance of God). Picture by Manuel Cohen

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