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“Whirling Dervishes”

Saruhan Exhibition and Culture Center
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Reviewed 28 June 2016

I was so intrigued to know that this was an old Carvanseri that was restored, situated on the old Silk Road, were traders used to stop over night with their goods. We saw a whirling dervish ceremony there, and the ambiance of this place made it spectacular

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Reviewed 28 June 2016

I wen there with my husband to see the Dervish dancing.
We went in, thinking it was going to be something lighter... it turned out to be extremely inspirational, metaphysical and moving.
I got transported, same as my husband, we end up extremely relaxed and filled with joy and love.
When you talk to them they make you fill the love an peace, they feel themselves.
No need to rush with the camera, at the end of the "ceremony', they advised you to take photos or even do filming of the dancers.

Thank Lorena S
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Reviewed 29 March 2016

Whirling dervish ceremony, held in a 13th century caravanseri (caravan stop). In warm weather the ceremony is held outside in the courtyard, in cooler weather it is held inside. Arrive early and you can walk around inside and out and wonder what it might have been like for a traveller 800+ years ago. The ceremony is about 1 hour long, after which you can take pictures of the participants. They also have a light and sound show they project on the courtyard walls of the caravanseri after the show before closing. Total time from hotel to hotel, usually 2-3 hours.

Thank rbthodge
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Reviewed 7 March 2016

We attended one of the performances and found that it was something different. Some how we expected something more. The dancers spin around and that is it. Having seen it once that's enough.

Thank coldy
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Reviewed 29 February 2016

I came to this caravanserai to witness members of the religious Mevlevi Order perform their Whirling Dervish ceremony. Before deciding whether this is something that you want to attend, you must fully understand what the demonstration consists of. It is not a "show". It is not meant as entertainment. (Although as I have heard and read, some places, such as in Istanbul, do present the dance more like a show). But here at Saruhan, the ritual is performed exactly like a religious ceremony in a sacred solemn manner. Do not expect crazy acrobatics or some magic trick involved in the twirling.

Having heard previously about the Whirling Dervishes (but not knowing much about the actual religious Sufi sect or their followers), I was very interested in seeing this performance. I was not disappointed and I found it to be a very good experience. Several other non-dancing members come out first. They recite or chant prayers and play musical instruments. Then 4 dancers and a Master came out. The Master did not participate in the dance but rather directed the 4 dancers. They perform the dance for about 5-10 minutes, twirling in a counter-clockwise direction, and eventually getting into a rhythm. They take a short break while additional prayers are chanted, then they repeat the dance. This cycle is repeated about 2 more times. Photography is not permitted during this part. At the end, they perform an abbreviated 2-minute version of the dance, during which you are permitted to take photos.

Admittedly, the repetition of the cycles can become boring to some. Attendance is assuredly not appropriate for small children. It is also inappropriate to clap or applaud at any time, to maintain the solemnity of the ceremony.

The caravanserai itself is worth some exploring.

Thank Roobydoo5
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