The Whirling Dervishes
Scottish Country Dance InstructionTHE WHIRLING DERVISHES (R4x32) 4C set John Drewry Turkish Set
1- 8 1s and 3s petronella turn into centre, set twirling to right, petronella turn to opposite side and set twirling
9-16 All change places with partners with ½ RH turn and twirl, 1M+2L also 2M+1L prom hold dance clockwise ½ way while 3M+4L and 4M+3L dance similarly to end 2(1)4(3)
17-24 1s and 3s dance ½ Figs of 8 round couple above them and all turn partners RH
25-32 4s followed by 1s cross down between 3s and cast to 2nd/3rd place, 4s+1s dance ½ Fig of 8 round 2nd/3rd couple. 2413
(MINICRIB. Dance crib compiled by Charles Upton, Deeside Caledonian Society, and his successors)
Keith Rose's Crib Diagrams
Dance InformationThe Mawlawi Order, or the Mevlevilik or Mevleviye are a Sufi order founded in Konya (in present-day Turkey) by the followers of Jalal ad-Din Muhammad Balkhi-Rumi, a 13th century Persian poet, Islamic jurist, and theologian.
They are also known as the Whirling Dervishes due to their famous practice of whirling as a form of dhikr (remembrance of God). Dervish is a common term for an initiate of the Sufi path; the whirling is part of the formal Sema ceremony and the participants are properly known as semazens.
"Dancing Dervishes In Galata Mawlawi House, Ottoman Empire" Amedeo Preziosi (1816-1882), Watercolour, c. 1857
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