Whirling Dervishes

The practice of whirling is associated with the mystical branch of Islam known as Sufism. In particular, it is said to have begun with the Sufi poet, Jalaluddin Rumi, who entered into trance one day as he was captivated by the pulsating hammering of coblers in a merket place. Spontaneously, he began to whirl. Since then, whirling became one of the tools that Sufis employ to transcend their own Self. Typically, the dervish will be dressed in a white gown, symbolising death, a wide clack cloak, the symbol of a grave and a tall brown hat, symbolising a tombstone.