December 16th, 2010
12:13 PM ET

Change is afoot for 800-year-old whirling dance

The dance of the Whirling Dervishes is not only a sight to behold for spectators, it is a sacred ritual for followers of this mystical and philosophical strand of Islam.

The Order of Mevlevi, as the Whirling Dervishes are officially known, is a Sufi movement founded in the 13th century after the death of poet and philosopher Mevlana Rumi.

Their spiritual home is Konya, in the central Anatolian region of Turkey, where the Mevlana Museum contains the tomb of Rumi and his son.

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  1. RightTurnClyde

    It's about time. Add a few steps so it is not so boring. a Latin beat maybe .. increase the tempo .. whirl-whiorl-cha-cha-cha ... or maybe whirl samba .. ... some foot and hip action .. Also stop the cross dressing .. not good taste for

    December 18, 2010 at 5:34 am |
  2. David Johnson

    The dance is to be totally revamped. Where the dance called for the dancer to whirl clockwise, he will now whirl counter clockwise. It is mind boggling. Are we sure we are ready for such change?

    December 17, 2010 at 8:00 am |
  3. TheRationale

    While religion is the path away from enlightenment, that does not mean that it can't be entertaining to watch.

    Did someone say spin cycle?

    December 16, 2010 at 4:01 pm |
  4. David Johnson

    I've see videos of Evangelicals who also "get the spirit" and dance and whoop and speak in tongues!

    December 16, 2010 at 3:43 pm |
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    December 16, 2010 at 12:59 pm |
  6. .308

    Interesting to see the dance and understand it's Sufi origins.


    It's also important to understand that Sufizm is not contradictory to Islamic Shari'a, but is rather a deepened awareness of it.

    December 16, 2010 at 12:46 pm |
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