The Ancient Tradition of the Whirling Dervishes of the Mevlevi Order

The divine may be experienced through a variety of means. In various global spiritual traditions, these include prayer, meditation on sacred texts, participation in religious ceremonies and going on pilgrimages. There are other means of achieving a religious experience that are perhaps not so common in the Western world. One of these is through the medium of dance, the most famous of which may be the incredible whirling dance practiced by the Sufi dervishes of the Mevlevi Order.

Other interesting links:

International Mevlana Foundation, 2010. Mevlevi Order & Sema. [Online]
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Sansal, B., 2014. Whirling Dervishes. [Online]
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The Çelebi Family, 2015. Whirling Dervishes, Sema. [Online]
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UNESCO, 2012. Mevlevi Sema ceremony. [Online]
Available at:, 2015. History of Mevlana Jelaluddin Rumi and the Whirling Dervishes. [Online]
Available at:, 2015. Sufism and Dervishes. [Online]
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Ixel Balamke

Ixel Balamke was one of the two founding members of Sekhet-Bast-Ra in Oklahoma City. Currently living in the Twin Cities, she is currently the LBM of Leaping Laughter Lodge. She also is a Meanad and lover of fine wines. Her life long partner Hunahpu and she are well known for their Wine Tastings at NOTOCON. Together they have a small wine cellar that currently holds over 300 bottles.

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