Saturday, February 27, 2010

Whirling Dervishes

Saturday 27 February 2010

Ryan and I went to a free performance of some Sufi dancers, commonly known as the "Whirling Dervishes."

This was probably a somewhat touristed-up show, but the idea behind this meditation technique of a quirky branch of Islam is that spinning around and around (and around - we saw one guy spin in the same spot for over half an hour!) helps one to abandon the ego, and to find oneness with God through this circular trance-like state. I think that's how it goes, anyway, it's still a little confusing to me.

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