what is a whirling dervish?

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    Whirling Dervish (wurl-ing dur-vish) n. 1. A mystical
    dancer who stands between the material and cosmic
    worlds. His dance is part of a sacred ceremony
    in which the dervish rotates in a precise rhythm.
    He represents the earth revolving on its axis while
    orbiting the sun. The purpose of the ritual whirling
    is for the dervish to empty himself of all distracting
    thoughts, placing him in trance; released from
    his body he conquers dizziness.

    The Whirling Dervish - A Definition

    [ame=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AglGJYby_pQ&feature=related]YouTube - Whirling Dervishes in Istanbul[/ame]

    the dervish belong to the sufi's...a mystic sect of islam..
     

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