“Dance until you shatter yourself!” - Rumi
The Persian poet & Sufi mystic Rumi (Jalal ad-Din Muhammad Balkhi) inspired his followers to establish the Mevlevi Sufi Order after his death in 1273 CE.
The Mevlevi Order are sometimes called ‘Whirling Dervishes’ due to their famous practice of whirling as a form of spiritual devotion to god.
The act of of the whirling dance is inspired by the quran verse “wherever you turn is the face of god”. Members of the order see the dance as a form of worship.