National Geographic : 1912 Jan
O 0 N DANCE OF WHIRLING DERVISHES: CONSTANTINOPLE "Each revolves not only upon himself, but around all the rest. Circle swings in intricate circle,and the relative position of each is in constant change throughout the hall. The long white robes, hanging to the feet, slowly distend by the rapid motion, and at last stand at right angles to the wearer. Yet, though the space is small and the participantsare many, never does robe graze robe, nor hand collide with hand. . . . The pallid faces of the zealots seem transformed. Onmany acountenance dawns an expression of ecstasy, and all seem moving as if in a delicious dream. So the living labyrinth glides on for eighty or ninety minutes."-Edwin A. Grosvenor.