Doctor's Review: Medicine on the Move

December 16, 2017

© SK / FLICKR.COM

Turkey: Poetry in motion
Every December, the Anatolian city of Konya celebrates the 13th-century Sufi poet Mevlâna who taught peace, love and tolerance. Mevlâna is more commonly known as Rumi. The Mevlâna Museum in Konya, three hours south of Ankara, contains the tomb of Rumi, and his son Sultan Veled. The 10-day Rumi Festival brings together over a million people; many want to see the Order of Mevlevi or the Whirling Dervishes, a Sufi movement that was founded after Rumi’s death. The dervishes rotate in a counter-clockwise direction like the earth’s orbit around the sun; they raise their arms towards heaven. The dance is a symbolic journey through which the dervishes are meant to get closer to God. Traditionally only men dance, but that’s beginning to change.

Read the article: Reasons to celebrate