July 24, 2019

Turkish Culture Mevlevi Sema Ceremony

Mevlana Turkey

Sufism is a prominent aspect of Turkish rich culture and history. One such event is the Mevlevi Sema Ceremony. It represents the spiritual journey towards perfection by symbolizing stage as the path for accessing God. However, this practice has its own rules and features with a religious theme. Although it had no specific procedure back Mevlâna Celaleddin-i Rumî’s day (deceased December 17, 1273), until the reign of Sultan Veled and Ulu Arif Çelebi when they started performing it in a disciplined way. The rules followed today, on the other hand, we first presented in the time of Pir Adil Çelebi.

Brief History:

Mevlevi is a plain Sufi request established in 1273 in Konya. From where it step by step spread all through the Ottoman Empire. Today, the Mevlevi can be found in numerous Turkish people group all through the world. However, the most dynamic and well-known focuses of the request’s action are in Konya and Istanbul. Sema, in any case, is a piece of the customs and convictions in Turkish history, created with Rumi’s (1207-1273) motivation. Furthermore, subsequently, the thought process behind it is ‘Rising’: an adventure towards God.


Mevleviye is acclaimed for its spinning moves. Following a prescribed quick of a few hours. The whirlers start to turn to their left side feet in short bends. Utilizing the correct foot to drive their bodies around the left foot. The body of the spinning dervishes supple. With eyes open yet unfocused so pictures become obscured and streaming. While the spinning dervishes are turning in the Mevlevi Sema as an image of the great domain. The central dervish moves among them, ensuring they keep up a legitimate separation between them.

The Start:

The service starts with the Noble Eulogy (Naat-ı şerif). Which is the score made by Itri which has been played since the late seventeenth century. In any event one vocalist, a woodwind player, called neyzen, a kettledrummer and a cymbal player perform. Artists used to get 1001 days of isolated preparing inside the Mevlevi houses (mevlevihane). Moreover, they found out about morals at this place, codes of conduct and convictions by rehearsing petition, religious music, verse, and move.

The Selam:

The selam portion of the sema ceremony in Turkish culture consists of four segments. The first selam describes how humans accept their status as created beings, the second selam the rapture felt when confronted with God’s omnipotent power, the third selam the transformation of rapture at God’s power into love, and the fourth selam how humans return to serve. The ceremony ends with the reading of the Qur’an and prayers.

UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage:

The Mevlevi Sema Ceremonies portray celestial love in creative terms with movement and complex melodic structure. They perform it in any event two times every week all through the mid-year, especially in Istanbul and Konya. The Konya Turkish Sufi Music and Istanbul Historical Turkish Music Groups built up under the support of the Ministry of Culture and Tourism likewise perform at occasions that incorporate Mevlevi administrations. As it is a feature of the UNESCO Anniversary Celebrations List, UNESCO declared 2007 the “800th Anniversary of the Birth of Mawlana Jalal-ud-Din Balkhi-Rumi”. Individuals arrange the number of occasions identified with Mevlana and Mevlevi culture sorted out both in Turkey and abroad. What’s more, play out the Mevlevi Sema Ceremony.