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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  • Carla Jensen
    Carla Jensenover 5 years ago

    Fantastic capture…Jens ! of these dancers wtg!

  • Thank youuuu a lot Carla!

    – Jens Helmstedt

  • calves
    calvesover 5 years ago

    I agree: fantastic capture Jens!!!:)

  • Thank you very much for your nice comment Claudia!

    – Jens Helmstedt

  • Scott  d'Almeida
    Scott d'Almeidaover 5 years ago


  • Thank you very much Scott!

    – Jens Helmstedt

  • DesImages
    DesImagesover 5 years ago

    The movement in this really conveys the intensity of their religious beliefs. Great colours and light too.

  • Thank you very much for your nice words!

    – Jens Helmstedt

  • i l d i    l a z a r
    i l d i l a...over 5 years ago

    Wow,great capture Jens!

  • Thank you very much for your nice comment Ildi!

    – Jens Helmstedt

  • Sensiworld
    Sensiworldover 5 years ago

    Wonderful !

  • Thank you very much for your nice comment Sylvia!

    – Jens Helmstedt

  • Erwin G. Kotzab
    Erwin G. Kotzabover 5 years ago

    So beautiful!

  • Thanks so much for your nice words!

    – Jens Helmstedt

  • simba
    simbaover 5 years ago

    Fabulous image.

  • Thank you so much Linda!

    – Jens Helmstedt

  • Ming  Myaskovsky
    Ming Myaskovskyalmost 5 years ago

    OHHHH… I love this dance… so breathtakingly beautiful !!!!! WOW!!!!!
    Thank you for sharing this photo Jens…. YES… it’s gorgeous!! :)

  • Thank you very much for your nice comment Ming!

    – Jens Helmstedt

  • madvlad
    madvladalmost 5 years ago

    we are always reaching out to heaven,in hope of a better,being above and within

  • Thanks for your nice comment!

    – Jens Helmstedt

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