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Sema Ceremony of the Whirling Dervishes
Smith Hall Ballroom at Portland State University
Portland, OR
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Sema Ceremony of the Whirling Dervishes
***Note that advance ticket sales close Thursday night, but we will have tickets for sale at the door at 6:15pm until sold out. Doors open at 7pm.***

The Whirling Dervishes of the Mevlevi Order of America will present the Sema Ceremony, honoring the great Sufi Mystic Teacher and Poet, Hz. Mevlana Jelaluddin RUMI.

The Ceremony will be directed by Postneshin Jelaleddin Loras, from Konya, Turkey, founder of the Mevlevi Order of America, presented as it has been for over 700 years.

The evening will feature the prayer dancing of the Whirling Dervishes. In their traditional tall felt hats and brilliant white garments, turners whirl in unison, attuning to the music of the heart.

Special guest musicians from Turkey will play classical and devotional Turkish music, including master musicians Necati Celik, oud (fretless lute), vocalist Timucin Cevikoglu, and Celalettin Bicer, ney (reed flute), along with U.S.-based musicians Jemaluddin Henke, ney, Nooriddin Crammatte, kudum (small kettle drums), Andrea Walls, violin, and Dennis Godfrey, gudulka (small fiddle).

RUMI is widely known in the west as a best-selling poet, whose writing addresses the timeless subjects of Love, God and Mysticism.

The Sema Tour continues on to Seattle on Dec. 17 for Shebi Arus, comemmorating the passing of RUMI.


Smith Hall Ballroom at Portland State University
1825 SW Broadway
Portland, OR 97201
United States



Kid Friendly: No
Dog Friendly: No
Non-Smoking: No
Wheelchair Accessible: No


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