In Anatolia, which
has been home to the Hittites, Phrygians, Lydians, Urartians and
many more peoples and empires, music, folk dances and folk costumes
are the repository of a long and rich cultural legacy.
The sema of the Mevleviís differed
from the movement adopted by other sects. The dervishes turned
independently, without touching shoulder to shoulder, both around
their own axis and around the sheikh and other dervishes.
The Turkish bath or hamam is an
atmospheric world all its own in the midst of the modern bustling
city. Everyone who sets foot in here surrenders to the water in a
voluntary form of captivity, for the process of purification of not
just the body but also the soul.