Macedonian dervish, 2010
Macedonian dervish

watercolor, 7½" x 12½"

Most often associated with the Sufi or mystical branch of Islam, the dervishes are religious initiates of middle ranking. The dervishes of Macedonia and Albania are usually members of the Baktashi order, an Anatolian tradition that combines Shi'a and Sufi elements.

From a photograph by Turkish photographer Osman Firat Turan, http://osmanfiratturan.blogspot.com/

thu, 06-Oct-2011 14:26