Photo of the Week: Whirling Sufi Protester

A whirling sufi (or dervish) wearing a gas mask during recent demonstrations in the Turkish capital of Ankara. Whirling or spinning is a form of Sama — physically active meditation — which originated from the mystical element of Islam known as Sufism. It’s pretty interesting to see it exercised in the context of political protest. A lot is being said in this image, and there’s something very surreal about it.

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