Friday, June 6, 2014

Dancing in the Anatolian Rain

Friends Out for a Friday Afternoon Stroll!
Today I settle into the central Anatolian city of Konya, more or less the geographical center of Turkey and home to the Mevlana Museum, Rumi's Tomb and the most celebrated 'whirling dervishes' in the world.  I spent the day walking the city a bit, taking pictures of her beautiful and engaging people, and dancing among unexpected summer raindrops.

Tomorrow night, I'm invited to a zikr (meditation) led by a local sheikh.  I'm very much looking forward to that--and the chance to sit in prayer with practicing Sufis.  After that, it's on to see the dervishes of Konya, who are celebrated far and wide.

At some point, probably on Facebook, I'll post a short video shot today: the call to prayer from above Mevlana's tomb.  What's kind of cool about it is that it captures (somewhat) the way many muezzins call their mosques to prayer at more or less the same time.  It's not as if they compete, really; but they certainly share the public airwaves!

A tacky selfie in front of Mevlana Museum and Tomb
Gorgeous Tiled Interior of Dome at Tile Museum