W for Whirling Dervishes
The Whirling Dervishes of Konya.
Mevlana Museum in Konya .
Konya is the spiritual home of Meulevi, (Whirling Dervishes) a Sufi order of holy men, founded in this sacred city. Konya was formerly the capital of ancient Anatolia a region in southern Turkey.
The museum is also a mosque and mausoleum There are several tombs of Sultans and important holy men, including Jalalad Din Muhammad Balki-Rumi a thirteen century Persian Sufi mystic. He was a poet, Islamic jurist and theologian. He was also known as Meulana or Sifi.
His most devout followers were the Whirling Dervishes, known as such, due to their famous practice of whirling as a form of Dhikr (Remembrance of God).
We have had many wonderful holidays in Turkey and I can't fault any of them.... Each one a different place and a new experience!
The Turkish people are a most welcoming nation known for their and hospitality. Their cuisine is divine, we've had so many memorable meals it would take some time to tell you about them !
Here is one of my favourite dishes, it is called Iman Bayildi.
The yarn behind it is that a Sultan liked it so much that fainted in rapturous delight.
To see the Whirling Dervishes perform live in their spiritual home was a most wonderful, wholesome uplifting experience, something we shall never forget..... truly WONDROUS !
My sincere thanks to the winsome Denise for devising ABCW and to the ever watchful Roger who works so hard in keeping us all on our toes!