Sema-Dance of Dancing Dervishes

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  • The whirling dervish dance originated in Konya, Turkey, inspired by the songs and teachings of the poet Mevlana Jalaluddin Rumi, who lived from 1207-1273. Rumi was a Sufi, a branch of Islam that started in the 8th century. Sufis assert that through their religion they are brought closer to the heart of all modes of belief. Rumi himself was moved to begin dancing in dervish fashion after meeting a holy man known as Shems of Tabriz. The dance, in which he spun incessantly, was done in devotion to Allah and the organic powers of the universe. While he whirled, he repeated the name of god – la illa-ha illa' llah – until he fell into a trance state of deep worship.Read more at Suite101: Whirling Dervish Dance: Where the Dance Comes From and What it Means | Suite101.comhttp://www.suite101.com/content/whirling-dervish-dance-a51762#ixzz1LaqMx0w6
  • The origination of Sama' is credited to Rumi, Sufi master and creator of the Mevlevis. The story of the creation of this unique form of dhikr is that Rumi was walking through the town marketplace one day when he heard the rhythmic hammering of the goldbeaters. It is believed that Rumi heard the dhikr, "la ilahailallah" or in English, "no god but God" in the apprentices beating of the gold and so entranced in happiness he stretched out both of his arms and started spinning in a circle. With that the practice of Sema and the dervishes of the Mevlevi order were born. The sama' has roots in Persian and Turkish culture, and is associated with oriental traditions.[4]Abu Sa`id, (357 A.H.) (967 c.e.) was born in Mayhana, a town near Sarakhs, which today is in the former Soviet Republic of Turkmenistan, bordering Iran. He is noted for establishing a rule for conduct in the khanaqah and also for the introduction of music (sama'), poetry and dance, as part of the Sufi collective devotional ritual of dhikr.
  • Sema-Dance of Dancing Dervishes

    1. 1. Members:Abdullah Abbasi Rabab RizviNida Noor Saroosh Zahid
    2. 2. The Journey Begins….
    3. 3. • Sema, the whirling dervish dance, originated in Konya, Turkey• Inspired by the songs and teachings of the Sufi poet Mevlana Jalaluddin Rumi.• There, however, are several narrative of how Mevlana Rumi came across Sema
    4. 4. • One of the most popular myth states:• Rumi was inspired by holy man known as Shems of Tabriz• Shems spun incessantly and he repeated the name of god – la illa-ha illa llah – until he fell into a trance state of deep worship.
    5. 5. • On the other hand, a second one implies: “Rumi heard the „Dhikr‟ "la ilaha ilallah" in the hammering of goldbeaters.”• He was so entranced in happiness he stretched out both of his arms and started spinning in a circle.
    6. 6. • With that the practice of Sema and the dervishes of the Mevlevi order were born.• Has roots in Persian and Turkish culture, and is associated with oriental traditions.
    7. 7. • Abu Sa`id, (357 A.H.) (967 C.E.) is noted for establishing a rule for conduct in the khanaqah.• Introduced music, poetry and dance, as part of the Sufi collective devotional ritual of Dhikr.
    8. 8. SEMA AND SUFISM• Sufi masters Hujwiri and Al Ghazali classified people influenced by Music• Music, Song, movement are essential for Sufis as religious aids• Sufis stress on the importance of “Dhikr”.• The Sema dances includes Dhikr in various forms.• Dhu‟l-en Nun Misri spoke about the Power of Listening.
    9. 9. • “The thought of the unseen world and his dependence upon it”• To connect to the Islamic principle of Tawhid• To bring in evidence the three essential principles of Islam: Tawhid, resurrection and Prophet hood
    10. 10. Symbolism
    11. 11. • Sema uses several materials and dance movements that hold different meanings• The dress they wear is very special as it the components symbolize concepts behind Sema• The each of the movements that semazen make has a meaning attached
    12. 12. SikkeDestegül Elifinemed Tennure
    13. 13. MEANING BEHIND DANCE STEPS Part 1: Testifying to Gods unity:
    14. 14. Part 2: Drums; God order to the Creation
    15. 15. Part 3: Ney; The Divine
    16. 16. Part 4: Greeting
    17. 17. Part 5: The Whirling
    18. 18. Part 5: Salutes
    19. 19. Part 6: Reading of Quran
    20. 20. Part 7:Prayer
    21. 21. AND THE JOURNEY CONTINUES…

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