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Whirling Dervishes in Turkey.

The ritual dance of the Sufi sect, a mystical branch of Islam, was created in Konya 700 years ago by the Persian poet Rumi. Practitioners, dubbed “whirling dervishes” by early European travelers, believe the act of repeatedly spinning allows them to forget their earthly body and move closer to God. (Photographer: Eda Kaya, My Shot) via National Geographic.

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