Dervishes (Sema) Ceremony in Cappadocia

Duration: 1 hour
Destination: Turkey, Nevsehir Province, Goreme
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  • 1 hour
  • Goreme
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  • Cancellable

Overview

The Semâ ceremony represents all a mystical journey of man's spiritual ascent through love, deserts his ego, finds the truth and arrives to the Perfec. Then he returns from this 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.

The Semâ is consisted of several parts, with different meanings

A- It stars with a eulogy Nat-ı Şerif to the Prophet, who represents love, an all Prophets before him. To praise them is praising God, who created all of them.

B- This eulogy is followed by a drum sound symbolising the Divine order of the Creator.... 'Kun=Be!'

C- Then follows an instrumental music improvisation ' taksim ' with a read ' ney ', it represents the firts breath which gives life to everthing : The Divine Breath.

D- The fourth part is the dervishes gretings to each other and their thirice repeated circular walk 'Devri Veledi' accompanied by music called 'peshrev', it symbolize the salulation of soul to soul concealed by shapes and bodies.

E- The fifth part is the Semâ (whirling) it concists of four salutes or 'Selam's. At the end of each as in the onset, the dervish testifies by appearance to God's unity.

1- The first salute is man's birth to truth by feelingand mind. It represent his complete conception of the existance of God as Creator and his own state of creature.

2- The second salute expresses the rapture of man witnessin the splendor of creation, in front of God's greatness and omnipotence.

3- The third salute is the dissolution rapture into love and there by the sacrifice of mind to love. It is a complete submission, it is the annihilation of self in the loved One, it is unity. This state of ecstasy is the highest grade defined as 'Fenafillah' in İslâm. However, the highest rank in İslâm is the rank reached by the Prophet : He is called God's servant foremost and subsequently his messenger. The aim of Semâ is not unbroken ecstasy and loss of concious thought, but realization of.

4- The fourt salute: Just as the Prophet ascends the 'Throne' and then returns to his task on earth, the whirling dervish, folloving the termination of his spiritual journey and his ascent, returns to his task, to his state of subservience. (He is a servant of God, of His prophets and all the creation...) Sura Bakara 2, verse 285. At the end of this salute, he demonstrate this again by his apperance, arms placed crsswise representing the of God, conscjously and feelingly.

F- The sixth part of the Semâ is a reading of the Quaran, especialy of the verse from Sura bakara 2, verse 115. (Onto God belong the East and the West, and wherever you turn, there is GOD's countenance. He is All-Embracing. All-Knowing).

G- The Semâ ceremony ends with a prayer for the peace of the souls of all Prophets and all believers... After the completion of 'Semâ' ritual all the dervishes return silently to their cells meditation (tefekkür)..

Inclusions
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Live entertainment
  • Round-trip shared transfer

Exclusions
  • Dinner
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • A dress code is required to enter places of worship and selected museums. No shorts or sleeveless tops allowed. Knees and shoulders MUST be covered for both men and women. You may risk refused entry if you fail to comply with these dress requirements
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 20 travelers
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Traveler pickup is offered
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Departure Time

6:00 PM

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Duration

1 hour

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