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Turkey Old Colour Postcard Muslim Howling Whirling Derviches Tourneurs MusiciansVintage Old Colour Postcard. Turkey Turkish Muslim. Religious. Dancers. Musicians. Ethnic Life. Danse des Derviches tourneurs. Religiosos musulmanes, bailando. Tanzende Derwische, Dancing Dervishes. Souvenir de : Derviches Tourneurs. Native Muslim Dancers.
Publisher: Editions d'Art E.F. Rochat Constantinople, Oblenu sur plaque Guilleminot
Series No: 1143
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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