The Whirling Dervishes: A Sufi perspective on Love and Unity

The so-called ‘Brotherhood and Unity’ square and its tall communist monument are a Yugoslav remnant but on Saturday, August 22nd, on the same place ‘unity’ took a different meaning- a rather mystical one. It became obvious that evening that the breathtaking sight of Mevlevi dancers spinning around on the same spot for long periods of time wasn’t something the Prishtinë crowd wanted to miss.

Members of ‘ADO Alevi Philosophy Center’ and ‘Evrensel Mevlana Aşıkları Vakfı’ (Universal Lovers of Mevlana Foundation) arrived from Istanbul, Turkey that morning to make music, perform a ritual, and make a presentation on their beliefs and accompanying traditions. Among the texts that were read to the audience were the following words of Jalal ad-Din Muhammad Rumi: “Come, come, whoever you are. Wanderer, worshipper, lover of leaving. It doesn’t matter. Ours is not a caravan of despair. Come, even if you have broken your vows a thousand times. Come, yet again, come, come.” Rumi’s followers went on to establish the Mevlevi Order, members of which Baushtellë hosted on Saturday evening.

‘The Whirling Dervishes’ marks the next-to-last research event for Baushtellë, as we have now progressively shifted our focus towards working on our final performance.

Check out the other photos from the performance here.

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