Sema - The Whirling Dervishs of Konya by Jens Helmstedt

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The ritual of SEMA, the mystic dance of turning Mevlevi dervishs found its origin in an inspiration of the mystical islamic philosopher Mevlana Celaleddin Rumi, who lived and taught in 13th century in the city of Konya in Turkey. Accompanied by the sounds of the flute NEY and other instruments, the whirling dervish is turning around his own axis, the right hand upward to be ready to receice God’s beneficence and the left hand downward to the earth. It symbols the mankind with their connection between heaven and earth.

© Photo by Jens Helmstedt

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Exhibition in Pecs, Hungary
This photo was shown during the open air exhibition “100 fele Iszlam –
100 reflections of Islam” in Pecs, Hungary
between May 28 and June 3, 2008. Read more


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  • Nuh Sarche
    Nuh Sarchealmost 6 years ago

    I would be very happy to see this wonderful picture also there…. :)

  • Thank you very much for your nice words. I added the photo to the group Islamic Beauty

    – Jens Helmstedt

  • David Clark
    David Clarkalmost 6 years ago

    beautiful Jens — goes beyond the image into the mystic world – I was fortunate to see the dervishs in Konya area a few years ago — magical photo – dave

  • Thank you very much for your nice comment, Dave

    – Jens Helmstedt

  • Prasad
    Prasadalmost 6 years ago


  • Thank you very much, Prasad

    – Jens Helmstedt

  • Alan Findlater
    Alan Findlateralmost 6 years ago

    excellent work well done

  • Thank you very much, Alan

    – Jens Helmstedt

  • Deanna Roberts Think in Pictures
    Deanna Roberts...over 5 years ago

    This is just lovely :D

  • Thank you very much, Deanna

    – Jens Helmstedt

  • Sensiworld
    Sensiworldover 5 years ago

    Wonderful shot !

  • Thank you very much Sylvia

    – Jens Helmstedt

  • Judith Oppenheimer
    Judith Oppenhe...over 5 years ago

    this is quite magical!

  • Thank you very much Judith

    – Jens Helmstedt

  • Fran E.
    Fran E.over 5 years ago


  • Thank you very much Poupoune!

    – Jens Helmstedt

  • gabryshak
    gabryshakover 5 years ago

    absolutely wonderful!! i’ve been to turkey (istanbul and kushadasi) LOVED it!! and wow were the dervishes something to see! the songs sung ethreal…

  • Thank you for your nice comment, Tonja!

    – Jens Helmstedt

  • Ming  Myaskovsky
    Ming Myaskovskyover 5 years ago

    Beautiful blurry picture, and beautiful dance as well!

  • Thank you very much for your nice words here, Ming!

    – Jens Helmstedt

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