Unesco Intangible Cultural Heritage


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Unesco Intangible Cultural Heritage

  1. 1. UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage The Mevlevi Sema Ceremony- Turkey
  2. 2. Originating in Sufi tradition, the Mevleviye dance groups are famous for their practice of whirling dances. Accompanied by a musical repertoire that combines elements of Turkish and Persian music, the dancers rotate for several hours, seeking to feel closer to the divine.
  3. 3. In this stark and striking photo, a young man in white robes is dancing gracefully with his eyes closed and arms upheld. His body fills the centre of the photo. The setting is dark and most likely inside; the man is dancing on a red wooden floor against a black background.
  4. 4. Light illuminates his white-clothed body casting a deep shadow behind that merges with the darkness and soft blue shadows in the folds of his robes. He appears to be whirling in a circle, his long skirt flaring outwards to form a triangle. On his torso he wears a plain white tunic with a round collar, unfastened at the waist.
  5. 5. On his head rests a long tall plain brown hat. His arms are bent upwards forming an arch over his shoulders, his fingers pointing inwards. His face points right, but his expression shows complete dedication and immersion to his dance.
  6. 6. The Mevleviye is an ascetic Sufi order founded in 1273 in Konya, from where it gradually spread throughout the Ottoman Empire. Today, the Mevleviye can be found in many Turkish communities throughout the world, but the most active and famous centres of the order’s activity are in Konya and Istanbul.
  7. 7. Mevlâna Jelaleddin Rumî is among Islam's greatest poets and mystic philosophers. (1207-1273)
  8. 8. come, come again, whoever you are, come! heathen, fire worshipper or idolatrous, come! come even if you broke your penitence a hundred times, ours is the portal of hope, come as you are .
  9. 9. Be as a river on benevolence and munificence Be as the sun on benignity and compassion Be as a night on concealing the blots of the others Be as the dead on anger and fury Be as the earth on humility and modesty Be as the sun  on tolerance Be as you look or look as you are
  10. 10. Music Turkish Classical Music Acemkurdi Pesrev İbrahim DAL JULY 2009