Whirling Dervishes ceremony (Sema) is the inspiration of Mevlânâ Celâleddin-i Rumî (1207 – 1273) as well as part of Turkish custom, history, beliefs and culture.
The Sema ceremony represents all a mystical journey of man’s spiritual ascent through love, deserts his ego, finds the truth and arrives to the ‘Perfect’. Then he returns from these spiritual journeys as a man who reached maturity and a greater perfection, so as to love and to be of service to the whole creation, to all creatures without discriminating in regard to belief, class, or race.
The dervish with his head-dress (his ego’s tombstone), his white skirt (his ego’s shroud) is spiritually born to the truth, by removing his black cloak, he journeys and advances to spiritual maturity through the stages of the Semâ. At the onset and each stage of the Semâ holding his arms crosswise he represents number one, and testifies to God’s unity.
While whirling his arms are open, his right hand directed to the sky ready to receive God’s beneficence, gazing his left hand turned toward the earth, he turns from right to left, pivoting around the heart. This is his way of conveying God’s spiritual gift to the people upon whom God looks with a Divine watchfulness. Revolving around the heart, from right to left, he embraces all of humankind, all the creation with affection and love.
Whirling Dervishes ceremonies are performed in Sarihan Caravanserai every night. Sarihan, situated 15 km from Goreme, on the east of Avanos, is on the banks of the Damsa . It faces west, and consists of an indoor area with five naves and a courtyard. Sari Han is considered to have been built in 1249. It had a Turkish bath and a mesjid over the gatehouse and its external area (excluding the towers and portal) is 2,000 square meters. After the restoration process, it represents the best example of Anatolian caravanserais.
Whirling Dervishes ceremonies start at 9:00 pm in winter and 9:30 pm in summer everynight. The whole ceremony takes around one hour and we offer ‘Serbet’, a religious drink, after the ceremony.
What is included
• Transportation in A/C non-smoking car or minibus from/to your hotel
• Services charges and local taxes
What is not included
• Drinks, tips to guide and driver and personal expenses