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Sudan What To Do

Watch the whirling dervishes

There are many clichés about the once feared Whirling Dervishes, but only seeing them in action do you begin to understand something of the mystic heart of Sudan, and ancient North Africa. A dervish is an initiate of the Sufi path, the most tolerant, poetic and sensual of Islam's many tributaries, practised by the great poet Rumi, and these white skirted spinners, as part of the more formal 'Sema ceremony', enact the dhkir - remembrance of God - to bring themselves and the watcher to a point of almost ecstatic transcendence. It is sometimes possible to observe such ceremonies in Khartoum.

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