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The Dervishes of Kurdistan

October 15, 2021
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The Dervishes of Kurdistan
The Dervishes of Kurdistan
The Dervishes of Kurdistan
The Dervishes of Kurdistan
The Dervishes of Kurdistan
The Dervishes of Kurdistan
The Dervishes of Kurdistan
The Dervishes of Kurdistan
The Dervishes of Kurdistan
The Dervishes of Kurdistan

These stunning photos depict dervishes from the Kasnazani Tariqa order performing Sama, the unique mystic practice of dancing in whirls, at a ceremony in Iran's Kurdistan province. Dervishes perform Sama with the purpose of spiritual ascent in their journey to perfection. The annual ceremonies last for a month, with rituals held at a different village in Kurdistan each day.

Pictures by various photographers for Middle East Images

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