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Great Travel Moment
While exiting the Blue Mosque in Istanbul, Turkey, I followed the sound of drums and came upon Whirling Dervishes. They were demonstrating the ritual dance; called sema, for a traveling U.S. group televising for an up-coming TV show. Dervishes are Sufi Muslims, monks who follow Mevlevi, a sect of Islam who believes that by silent spinning, their souls are released from earthly ties and are free to joyfully commune with the Divine. Normally, one must get permission to attend a sema prayer ritual dance at a designated spiritual center where shooting photos is forbidden. As this was only an outdoor demonstration, it was an exciting and rare opportunity for me to capture the moment. I stood in awe of their graceful, tireless precision. Certainly a high point of our Turkey trip!