Dervishes; 2K. Illustration by Ingrid Schaar.Kissing the hand of the shaikh; 3K. Illustration by Ingrid Schaar.The musicians play as the semazenbashi approaches the sheikh; bows to him with right foot over the left and arms crossed at the shoulders; kisses the right hand of the sheikh, then steps away backwards to a position five feet from the post, in order to direct the sema.

Each dervish then approaches the sheikh in the same manner: bowing to the sheikh and kissing his right hand. The sheikh kisses the dervish’s sikke, then the dervish bows again and turns toward the semazenbashi for silent instruction.


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