Day 21-B

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The mosque of the whirling dervishes. Outlawed by Ataturk in 1924, this cultish sect of Islam derived its name from a practice of its subscribers. As per the suggestion of their leader Mavlana, who is sometimes referred to as Rumi, the followers would perform a dance that involved extensive, almost feverish spinning on one toe so as to achieve a “high” state closer to god. The mosque/monastery was built in the 13th century, but it underwent serious renovations in the 15th and 16th. Part of their philosophy included that the Earth is the final destination of the soul, and it was up to us whether to make it heaven or hell. While it doesn’t line up exactly with what I’ve come to believe, it’s a good way to think. Their “new recruits” had to go through 1001 days of “induction” where they had to fast and beg in order to get in the group’s proper mindset of humility and simplicity. One last cool random fact as well about them: the group highly value players of the ney pipe and gave them a special burial. Because it was so hard to play and master, the dervishes

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