Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Whirling Dervishes and Nuts

People... how does life spin so quickly at times? I feel like a whirling dervish.

I could go on and on about the details, but they're not too exciting and I could be typing about something much more interesting.

Like real whirling dervishes. Is "dervishes" a word?

Ever actually ever seen a dervish whirl? You can do that here. (Now, there are other whirling videos on YouTube, but I picked a quick one.)

According to something I read online, here are the basics:

The ritual whirling of the dervishes is an act of love and a drama of faith. It possesses a highly structured form within which the gentle turns become increasingly dynamic as the individual dervishes strive to achieve a state of trans. The music that accompanies the whirling from beginning to end ranges from somber to rhapsodical; its effect is intended to be mesmerizing. Chanting of poetry, rhythmic rotation, and incessant music create a synthesis which, according to the faithful, induces a feeling of soaring, of ecstasy, of mystical flight.

Really rather beautiful, isn't it?

I love learning stuff. Maybe tomorrow, I'll tell you what I learned about Brazil nuts not too long ago.

Brazil nuts?? Yeah. I started wondering how they grew, did they really come from Brazil? etc...

Now don't get me started on the poisonous cashew...

So, when you feel like your life is in a whirl, just spin, spin, spin!

7 comments:

georgie said...

I am spin spin spinnnning....

stopping by to wish you a Happy and Thanksgiving and
from SSS just to let you know I have a SSS update post up today please stop by

Mrs. Who said...

My son and I found out about cashews when we were on a cruise a couple of years ago. They picked a couple to show us the green skin and explained that they were toxic - we actually took a picture of one!!

Gary Rith Pottery Blog said...

INSANE week isn't it? And you have birthdays too!

Ronnica said...

I get off on tangents like that in my mind, too. I love to know word/phrase origins, how things are made, etc. Basically anything trivial.

Betty said...

I think it´s an age thing, that we feel time spinning away. Too fast for me too!

Wep said...

I love the word dervish. It's in the movie Meet Joe Black

I want you to sing with rapture and dance like a dervish.

Veggie Mom said...

I've always thought whirling dervishes were MUCH more frantic and frenetic than this placid performance! BTW, the Pop'rs will soon be "in the mail," as they say. Uncle Lynn had a recent surge in orders, and everything fell behind. That's what happens when a tiny family-owned company gets too big for its britches! Thanks for your patience, and they'll be winging your way soon!

 
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