Whirling dervishes at Turkey Expo

Ebru art, glassblowing and a ney concert

(ANSA) - Milan, October 23 - The Turkey pavilion will celebrate its last day on Sunday with performances by whirling dervishes and a display of work from the Ebru art laboratories.
    Ebru is a traditional form of Islamic painting, common in Turkey, in which a motif is painted on a water surface and then transferred to paper to obtain a "marble" effect.
    Visitors can also enjoy a glass-blowing laboratory, workshops about food, and folkloric dance performances from the Black Sea, Anatolia and Thrace regions of Turkey.
    Also planned is a concert of ney players. The ney is a traditional Turkish cane flute.
    The dervishes are Sufi Muslim monks who take part in an ancient dance rite to reach religious ecstasy, whirling speedily anti-clockwise until they reach a dazzling 30 spins a minute.
    This is usually done during a Sema ceremony, which UNESCO proclaimed one of the Masterpieces of the Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity in 2005.
    As many as four million visitors have gone to the Turkey pavilion, the fifth largest at Expo.
    The Turkish pavilion's concept is linked to the pomegranate, a symbol of the agricultural richness of Turkey and of "diversity in unity".


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