The Whirling Dervishes
This is a Sufi religious ceremony. I may change this photo and my diary when I get home.
The rituals of the Rumi's followers (Whirling Dervishes) are among the enduring as well as the most exquisite ceremonies of spirituality. The ritual whirling of the dervishes is an act of love and a drama of faith. It possesses a highly structured form within which the gentle turns become increasingly dynamic as the individual dervishes strive to achieve a state of trans. The music that accompanies the whirling from beginning to end ranges from somber to rhapsodical; its effect is intended to be mesmerizing. Chanting of poetry, rhythmic rotation, and incessant music create a synthesis which, according to the faithful, induces a feeling of soaring, of ecstasy, of mystical flight. This is exactly the way I would describe this although it is copied from an internet sight.
The ceremony was performed in a beautiful room in Sirkeci Railway station which used to be the end of the orient express