Sufi whirling is a form of physically active meditation practiced by the Whirling Dervishes of the Mevlevi Order. This traditional practice enables the dervishes to reach perfection and unity with the universe.
They spin their bodies in a repetitive spiral flow, a symbolic imitation of the atoms, planets and galaxies in perpetual motion. Founded by Jalal ad-Din Muhammad Rumi, the practice of Mevlevi Sema Ceremony is classified as an intangible world heritage by Unesco. Rumi was a Persian poet, an Islamic jurist and theologian from the 13th century.
Achillea brought the Whirling Dervishes from Istanbul to perform 2 nights in a row at the Mövenpick Hotel Beirut, Marina Marquee on the 26 and 27 of July.
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