White-Robed Whirling Dervishes

Last Updated on May 1, 2019

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Having cast off the black robes which symbolize earthly cares, the whirling dervishes are ready for the beginning of the sema, clad in the white full-skirted garments that symbolize their burial shrouds, and the red conical caps that are their tombstones, as they leave the world to ascend for communion with Allah.

Whirling Dervishes in White Robes, Konya, Turkey

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