Sema has seven parts and each part symbolizes a stage in the mystic journey to perfection called ascension (“Mirac” in Turkish) The Whirling Dervishes cause their minds to participate in the revolutions (atoms revolve, electrons revolve, the sufis revolve). The dervish head dress represents the ego’s tombstone., their wides skirts the ego’s shroud. They are spiritually born to truth by removing their black cloaks. They journey through each stage of the Sema. At the onset of each stage they hold their arms in a criss cross position, representing the number one and testifying to God’s unity.
The ceremony itself involved several musicians, playing wind instruments, stringed instruments and drums as well as chanting. There were six whirling dervishes. When the ceremony was over two returned to allow photos.