Imagine one evening you've wandered off a side-street and you find yourself at the mystical Galata Tekke or lodge in Istanbul.
You peek through the open doors of this hidden, small religious house to get a closer look inside. Trying to find a space through the motionless heads of the select audience gathered around the octagonal room, to one side of the polished wooden interior you notice a group of mystics chanting rhythmically.
Suddenly you hear the sound of a flute fill the air, and you get goosebumps on your skin.
You're about to witness something amazing.
- The Dance: The Sema (Dance of the Heavens)
- The Dancers: The Mevlevi (Whirling Dervishes)
- The Teacher: Rumi (Origins)
- The Followers: The Sufis
Mevlana.net (The only site dedicated to Rumi which is owned by his family. The Çelebi family is one of the oldest families in existence with a history in excess of 800 years.)
The Whirling Dervishes (by Ira Friedlander, MacMillan Publishing Co, Inc., New York; 1975)
The New York Times (Marvine Howe & Fergus M. Bordewich)
Coleman Barks (Renowned translator of Rumi poetry)
The Mevlevi Order (Wikipedia - reference purposes only)
Music and Dance Tour to Istanbul (World Voyages)
Turkey Travel Planner (by Tom Brosnahan)
The Association of Galata Mevlevi Temple (A Biography)
Whirling Dervishes: A Search for Spirituality (The Mevlevi Order of America)
Foundation for Inter-Cultural Dialogue (The Whirling Dervishes in the USA, 2005)
Women & Sufism (by Camille Adams Helminski)