Thursday, September 18, 2008
It's not an opera... It's a stopera!
I had to cancel my plans on Sunday night to make way for new ones. Specifically, the Whirling Dervishes of Damascus! A lot of people don't know what it means to whirl like a dervish. As usual, the combination of YouTube and Wikipedia lets me pretend like I do.
Whirling Dervishes are considered part of the Sufi order of Islam, which is rooted in mystical traditions. They whirl as a way of remembering Allah, and have even played to sold-out crowds in Denver!
About the video: I love how the cover that flies away comes back at the end. (you'll see what I mean) The video also has the best music out of any of the ones with dervishes on YouTube, which are many.