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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  • Scott  d'Almeida
    Scott d'Almeidaover 4 years ago

    amazing one,

  • Thank you very much Scott!

    – Jens Helmstedt

  • shanghaiwu
    shanghaiwuover 4 years ago

    this is BRILLIANT and would so love to see this someday/thankyou

  • Thank you so much for your nice comment Shanghaiwu!

    – Jens Helmstedt

  • anisja
    anisjaover 4 years ago

    Great capture of this extraordinary movement . Very nice light .

  • Many thanks for your kind comment Anisja!

    – Jens Helmstedt

  • IngridSonja
    IngridSonjaover 4 years ago

    Great shot! I’ve always wanted to see them in action; I must make an effort!

  • Thank you very much for your nice comment Ingrid!

    – Jens Helmstedt

  • RakeshSyal
    RakeshSyalover 4 years ago


  • Many thanks for your nice comment Rakesh!

    – Jens Helmstedt

  • CanDuCreations
    CanDuCreationsover 4 years ago

    Well captured work with a wonderful movement of the dance

  • Thank you so much for your nice words Thea!

    – Jens Helmstedt

    JUSTARTover 4 years ago

    great shot

  • Thank you very much!

    – Jens Helmstedt

  • hologram
    hologramover 4 years ago

    Immaculate shot Jens, wonderful capture of the dance of the dervishs, fascinating work.

  • Many thanks for your nice comment!

    – Jens Helmstedt

  • Rebecca Brann
    Rebecca Brannover 4 years ago


  • Thank you very much Rebecca!

    – Jens Helmstedt

  • JohnPeel
    JohnPeelover 4 years ago

    This is a wonderful image, Jens

  • Thank you very much for your nice comment John!

    – Jens Helmstedt

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