Whirling Dervishes in Istanbul. The whirling dance or Sufi whirling is performed by members of the Mevlevi order in Turkey as part of a formal ceremony known as the Sema. The Sema is performed to try to reach religious ecstasy. It is a powerful ceremony to witness. You can visit a museum about the Mevlevi order and also witness this ceremony during your stay in Istanbul.The music is taken from Mercan Dede's album "Nefes" This music is copyright Mercan Dede and acknowledged here.