Annually, hundreds of individuals take a trip to the Turkish city of Konya to participate in a weeklong collection of occasions and also events that note the fatality of the 13th-century Islamic poet, scholar and also Sufi mystic Jalaladdin Rumi.
As opposed to grieving his fatality, nevertheless, the events commemorate what his fans think is his union with God.
The highlight of the “Sheb-i Arus” or “evening of the union,” is a charming routine carried out by the dervishes of the Mevlevi order– even more typically referred to as the swirling dervishes.
What occurs in the swirling Dervish event?
The ceremony starts with a recital of petitions and also knowledgeables from the Quran. The dervishes, worn lengthy white bathrobes symbolizing shadows, black capes symbolizing burial places and also lengthy headwear symbolizing gravestones, after that climb from the ground to praise each various other.
Leaving their capes on the ground, they take their locations around the round flooring and also start to rotate to get to a trance-like state that they think unifies them with God. The routine is carried out to the audio of shouting and also songs from a reed groove and also various other tools.
As they try, the dervishes’ right-hand men are symbolically transformed up towards God, while their left hands are transformed downward to Planet.
The event finishes as it began, with the recital of petitions.
‘ Heritage of mankind’ states UNESCO
Rumi, that is referred to as Mevlana in Turkey, was birthed in Balkh– which is currently in Afghanistan– in 1207, however resolved in Konya, where he passed away on Dec. 17, 1273. His kid, Sultan Veled, developed the Mevlevi order of the magical kind of Islam, Sufism, after his fatality.
Although spiritual orders were outlawed in Turkey in the very early 1920s with the facility of the nonreligious republic, the dervishes’ routines were considered as a social heritage and also the order was greatly endured. There are currently several Sufi dervish orders around the globe, consisting of in the USA. Ladies have actually been enabled to sign up with some lodges, although a frustrating variety of dervishes are guys.
In 2005, the United Nations’ social body, UNESCO, announced the dervishes’ routine a work of art of “the dental and also abstract heritage of mankind.”
The framework holding Rumi’s burial place in Konya is currently a gallery in addition to a trip website.
This year, site visitors had the ability to go back to the events honouring Rumi, after the coronavirus pandemic compelled in 2015’s ceremonies to be held without viewers.
One site visitor from the USA, Rupert Flowers, informed the state-run Anadolu Company that he took a trip to Konya, influenced by Rumi’s best-known and also inviting quatrain: “Come! Return! Whoever, whatever you might be, come!
” Heathen, idolatrous or fire worshipper, come!
” Also if you reject your vows a hundred times, come!
” Our door is the door of hope, come! Come as you are!”