MUSIC 3021 Video Review VHS 2429.5: Ecstatic Circle In the beginning of the video, it tells about religious background of the area and history of Turkish folk music. In addition the video has focus on the music and dance of the Mevlevi Dervish. The Mevlevi Dervish was founded in the 13 th century by Mevlana Jelaleddin Rumi, a poet and mystic who rebelled against the strict Orthodox Islamic beliefs by replacing formal prayers with songs and dance. The Dervish religion is banned in Turkey, by the government. But they allow the “Whirling Dervish” ceremony to take place once a year at Konya in Anatolia, in the center of Turkey, where the religion was founded. The video shows the village community dancing which was found in all over Anatolia. Village community is sharing joy, sorrow, everyday life together. There are wedding ceremony and other social occasions in Anatolia. There are double reed instrument called Jorna which provide melody while drum beats the rhythm in Turkey.
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Anatolia, Whirling Dervish, Mevlevi Dervish, wide spread arm