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Göreme: Whirling Dervishes Ceremony in Cappadocia

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Activity provider: SAILNSTAY

Göreme: Whirling Dervishes Ceremony in Cappadocia

Activity provider: SAILNSTAY

From US$ 36.53 per person

Discover the beauty and deep cultural meaning of a ceremonial whirling dervish show with this tour from Göreme. Be spellbound as the dancers and musicians communicate a message of love.

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  • Feel the thrill of seeing the whirling dervish dancers perform Sema ceremony
  • Finish your experience with a sweet bite of delicious puerperal sherbet
  • Uncover secrets of this mysterious element of traditional Turkish culture
  • Marvel at the musicians' skill in an authentic ceremonial whirling dervish show
  • Learn about the Cappadocia region and its famous fairy chimneys
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Get a taste of local culture during a whirling dervish show and Sema ceremony with this tour from Göreme. Admire master whirling dervish performers and Mevlevi musicians. Travel on a mysterious journey into the past with this a dance and costumes that contain deep symbolic meaning.

Be picked up from the comfort of your accommodation in Göreme and relax on the drive to the performance venue. Get a booklet in different languages at the entrance which will help explain the full meaning of this performance.

Watch as 1 main whirling dervish is accompanied by 5 whirling dervishes and 5 musicians. Experience the entire 7 part ceremony which begins with a Na't-i Sharif praising the prophets and Allah, who created them.

Next, hear a kudum instrument blown which represents the creation of the universe. Listen as a reed nay flute is played representing the life-giving Nefha (Devine). Move to the period of Sultan Veled with a circular march of whirling dervishes with a peşrev (entrance music in classical Turkish music).

See the figures salute each other three times to greet the hidden soul. Experience the 4 Salams (greetings) of the Sema ceremony. Observe as the dancer removes his black cardigan and the whirling dervish is symbolically born.

Witness the dancer's representation of his oneness with Allah through his gestures and see him kiss Sheikh Efendi's hand. After the Semâ Mukabala performance, see the dancers retreat to their cells silently for meditation.

In the 6th part of the Sema ceremony, discover symbolically how Allah's face is wherever you turn and hear the recitation of the Qur'an. Finally, end the the Sema ceremony with a recitation of a Fatiha prayer for the souls of all prophets, martyrs, believers, and a prayer for the state.

End your experience with a taste of puerperal sherbet followed by a 10-minute slide show about the formation of the fairy chimneys and information about the Cappadocia region. Return to your accommodation in Göreme.

  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Show
  • Sherbet
  • Drinks

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3.9 /5

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It's an ever-changing experience. I like what the Dervishes represent. However, I had already seen something on television and I remember seeing more and different movements by the Dervishes. Since it was a ceremony and not a show, I understand that you have watched a small part of the “Kemal” process. I thought what I saw was a little repetitive… But it's a beautiful experience that I recommend.

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May 8, 2022

It is 200 people in one room and it is like a dancing factory. group in, group out.

October 6, 2022

October 17, 2022

Product ID: 409843