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Sama Dance (Raghse Sama) Statues


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Sama is a type of Sufi dance that involves rotating the body along with a trance for spiritual purposes. Sama is a Sufi ceremony performed as dhikr. Sama means “listening”, while dhikr means “remembrance”. These performances often include singing, playing instruments, dancing, recitation of poetry and prayers, wearing symbolic attire, and other rituals. Sama is a particularly popular form of worship in Sufism.

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Sama Dance – Raghse Sama

In 2008, UNESCO confirmed the “Mevlevi Sama Ceremony” of Turkey as one of the Masterpieces of the Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity. The origination of Sama in the Mevlevi Order of Sufis is credited to Rumi, Sufi master and creator of the Mevlevis. The story of the creation of this unique form of dhikr is that Rumi was walking through the town marketplace one day when he heard the rhythmic hammering of the goldbeaters. It is believed that Rumi heard the dhikr, لا إله إلا الله “la ilaha ilallah” or in English, “There is no god but Allah” in the apprentices beating of the gold and was so entranced in happiness he stretched out both of his arms and started spinning in a circle (sufi whirling). With that the practice of Sama and the dervishes of the Mevlevi order were born.

Dimensions12x7x16 cm
Approximate weight600 Gram
Place of productionIran
WashabilityBy hand
Handling time7 Days
Other DetailsA set of 3 pieces with the weighing approximately 200 grams each.
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