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Egypt Old Colour Postcard The Hoaling Howling Whirling Dancing Dervish, CostumesVintage Colour Old Postcard. Egypte Egypt Africa Egyptian Muslim Religious Dancer. Ethnic Life. Howling Whirling Dancing Dervishes. Traditional Costumes. The Hoaling Dervish.
Publisher: Lichtenstern & Harari Cairo
Series No: 146
Background: Dervish refers to members of Sufi Muslim ascetic religious Tarika, known for their extreme poverty and austerity, similar to mendicant friars. As Sufi practitioners, dervishes were known as a source of wisdom, medicine, poetry, enlightenment, and witticisms.
The whirling dance that is proverbially associated with dervishes, is the practice of the Mevlevi Order in Turkey, and is just one of the physical methods used to try to reach religious ecstasy (majdhb, fana). This practice, though not intended as entertainment, has become a tourist attraction in Turkey.
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