By overnight coach from Marmaris
ORIGIN OF THE WHIRLING DERVISHES
We were lucky enough to hear, almost immediately, upon our arrival, that there was to be a show in the old Railway Station, that very night, at which the Dervishes would be demonstrating their skill at Whirling. It appears that this is a task that aligns with their religious beliefs.
Of the numerous orders of Islam, Sufism is defined as the inner and mystical dimension. The Mevlevi Order was formed in 1312 in the Turkish city of Konya (formerly the capital of the Anatolian Seljuk Sultanate) by the followers of the 13th century Persian poet, Islamic theologian, and Sufi mystic Jalāl ad-Dīn Muhammad Rūmī (or Mevlânâ). Organized by Mevlânâ’s son, Sultan Walad, the order in Konya soon began to expand into other towns with appointed leaders, and in its heyday there were 114 tekke (monasteries) established throughout the Ottoman Empire, including ones in Belgrade, Athens, Cairo, Mecca, Baghdad, Damascus, and Tabriz.
THE WHIRLING DERVISHES
THE SPECTACULAR BLUE MOSQUE
THE GRAND BAZAAR
THE RAILWAY STATION