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Their whirling dance, also known as the sema, takes place in the Belvedere, the tent at the east ground. Like many other attractions this was true only for the first days of the EXPO. Now I have only these pictures of this event, that I didn't see in the Turkey during my visits.
The show starts with a description of the shown scenes, given by a spokeswoman. It is a serious religious ritual performed by Muslim priests in a prayer trance to Allah of this Turkish sect. The religious music for the dance of the dervishes was given by a large orchestra. For other hints see the pictures.
The dance is performed in three parts. Each one takes five to ten minutes. The dervishes turn independently around their own axis as well as around the other dervishes, representing the earth turning around the sun or God / Allah. They did this always in the same direction!!!
For this translation I got some information from the encyclopedia brittanica online, as well as some Turkish websites.
|Initially the high priest and the dancers pray together.||After that each dancer got the permission for the sema by the high priest.|
|After getting the permission the dancer starts his turn around the dancing area.||The dervishes turn independently around their own axis as well as around the other dervishes, using the whole ground, representing the earth turning around the sun or God / Allah.|
|The sema was completely controlled and corrected by the controlling priests, the black ones.||A group of dancers consist of 8 monks. The hat is synonymous with the tombstone, the black cape represent the coffin / casket and the white dress mean the shroud.|
|The whole sema is accompanied by Islamic music, intonated by a large orchestra.||All the dancers constantly hold the rotational speed and the direction. If one goes wrong, he was corrected by a priest.|
|It is believed that the power of the Heavens enters into the upward extended right palm and passes through the body and leaves the lower, turned-down left palm to then enter into the Earth.||Between each of the three passes the monks had a short pause to pray.|
|During the last turn the high priest personally met his dancers.||At the end of the sema all monks and the priests had a final pray.|
Because this was a religious ceremony, I beg your pardon, if I make any mistake during this translation. If anything is wrong, please send me a e-mail with a correction of this error. At www.google.com you find much more information about this Turkish sect.
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