Posted at 4:45 PM on August 11, 2009
by Marianne Combs
Filed under: Dance, Religion
Looking for something to do tonight? How about taking a mystical journey through love, ending with perfection?
That's a crude explanation of what the whirling dervishes of Turkey do when they spin to music. It's a form of prayer that is also incredibly pleasing to watch.
Dervishes are members of the Mevlevi order, who follow the teachings of 13th century Persian poet and theologian Jalal ad-Dīn Muhammad Rumi.
Tonight the Whirling Dervishes of Rumi perform at the Ted Mann Concert Hall in Minneapolis. It's sponsored by the Northern Lights Society of Minnesota, an organization created by Turkish Americans dedicated to promoting dialogue among all faiths and cultures.