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Picture of the Day 12/22/2008

Good morning, Netizens…

Photo Credit: Scott Eklund/Seattle Post-Intelligencer

Scott Hoffman of Seattle has been a Whirling Dervish for 35 years, demonstrating here what living in peace looks like through the Sema Ceremony that was performed at the Great Hall at South Lake Union Park in Seattle. For more than 700 years, the Whirling Dervishes have performed the ceremony. As lovers of the 13th-century poet and mystic, Rumi, the Whirling Dervishes follow his example of love, inclusion and equality. Led by Jelaleddin Loras, Master Musicians direct from Turkey and the MOA Whirling Dervish Ensemble celebrate Rumi’s mystical union with the whirling prayer dance of the Mevlevi Sufi Order. (December 19, 2008)

Having seen this ceremony on several occasions, it is quite moving yet surreal.


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