|As an artist, I am enchanted by the whirling
ritual . I try to capture the concentration, the purity, and nearly
succeed. The build-up to whirling includes respectful processions,
bowing, and forgiveness from an open-hearted Sheik. The dancer’s right
hand turns up, connecting to the heavens, the left turns down toward
earth. They follow the practice of Jelalluddin Rumi, known in
Turkey as Mevlana.
Rumi's group was once questioned at a city gate about their origins and
destination. His reply became history:
"We are coming from God, and going to soil.
Nothing whatsoever will impede our
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