Whirling Dervishes dance in Konya, Turkey, 2003

Whirling Dervishes dance in Konya, Turkey, 2003

Among Sufis, devotion to God is expressed though the arts. Rumi exemplifies the mystical lyric poetry tradition associated with Sufism. He also founded the Mevlevi order of monks, among whom the Sema Ceremony enacts a spiritual journey. The ritual is an artistic prayer of music, song, and the ecstatic whirling dance so famous in Western culture.