Sufi whirling is a physically active meditation which originated among Sufis, and which is still practiced by the Sufi Dervishes of the Mevlevi order. It is a customary dance performed within the Sema, or worship ceremony, through which dervishes (also called semazens) aim to reach the source of all perfection, or kemal. This is sought through abandoning one's nafs, egos or personal desires, by listening to the music, focusing on God, and spinning one's body in repetitive circles, which has been seen as a symbolic imitation of planets in the Solar System orbiting the sun. As explained by Sufis.
In the symbolism of the Sema ritual, the semazen's camel's hair hat (sikke) represents the tombstone of the ego; his wide, white skirt represents the ego's shroud. By removing his black cloak, he is spiritually reborn to the truth. At the beginning of the Sema, by holding his arms crosswise, the semazen appears to represent the number one, thus testifying to God's unity. While whirling, his arms are open: his right arm is directed to the sky, ready to receive God's beneficence; his left hand, upon which his eyes are fastened, is turned toward the earth. The semazen conveys God's spiritual gift to those who are witnessing the Sema. Revolving from right to left around the heart, the semazen embraces all humanity with love. The human being has been created with love in order to love. Mevlâna Jalâluddîn Rumi says, "All loves are a bridge to Divine love. Yet, those who have not had a taste of it do not know!"
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worldcitizen (6023) 2013-09-18 8:37
I like shadow compositions, and this one is wonderful. The glow of the red light adds something special to the scene and makes it come alive. I like that we only see the complete body of the dervish as a shadow, with his feet and part of his clothes at the top of the frame. Very nice!
ourania (21414) 2013-09-18 12:20
such a beautiful and evocative picture. The warm glow and the long shadow are mesmerising. Your composition and framing are masterful, the play of light and shadow is so poetic and effective. There's an effect of flying, created in the most paradoxical way. Congratulations and thank you!
All the best, have a lovely evening,
resat1972 (6670) 2013-09-24 12:19
iyi görülen bir çalışma
merzangus (157) 2013-10-01 4:57
Merhaba Hakan bey,
Renk tonları harika. Silüeti fotoğraflamak da bu tarz fotoğraflar arasında farklı kılmış.
- Copyright: Hakan Aydin (Hakkan) (2726)
- Genre: People
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2013-09-14
- Categories: Ceremony
- Camera: nikon D 7000, Nikkor 70-300mm f4.5-5.6 IF ED AFS VR
- Exposure: f/5.0, 1/60 seconds
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- Photo Version: Original Version
- Date Submitted: 2013-09-18 8:04
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