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"Whirling Dervishes of Rumi" to perform in Oklahoma City

"Whirling Dervishes of Rumi" to perform in Oklahoma City

Oklahoma City, OK -- On Friday, Feb. 6, at 7:30 pm, the "Whirling Dervishes of Rumi" presentation, funded in part by the Oklahoma Humanities Council, will showcase a traditional form of Sufi worship along with a performance of Sufi music at Oklahoma City Community College's Visual and Performing Arts Center. The program is sponsored by The Dialogue Institute of Oklahoma City.

The dance of the whirling dervishes involves a continuous twirling with one hand pointed upward reaching for the divine while the other hand points to the ground. This spiritual celebration of existence will be performed by members of the Mawlawi Order, a branch of Sufism founded in the 13th century in the Turkish city of Konya. Sufism emphasizes universal love, peace, acceptance of various spiritual paths, and a mystical union with the divine.

The event will begin with a presentation about Rumi, the 13th century Persian poet and Sufi mystic whose poetry is still widely read in the United States and around the world. The performance of the whirling dervishes and a Turkish Sufi music ensemble will follow.

Tickets are $20 and $25 and can be purchased at www.tickets.occc.edu, or by calling (405) 682-7579.