Photos: Whirling dervish ritual honors Rumi, the Sufi mystic poet

Whirling dervishes perform during a Sheb-i Arus ceremony in Konya, Turkey, on Dec. 17. Every December the Anatolian city hosts a series of events to commemorate the death of 13th century Islamic scholar, poet and Sufi mystic Jalaladdin Rumi.

Each year, thousands of people travel to the Turkish city of Konya to attend a series of events and ceremonies that mark the death of the 13th-century Islamic poet, scholar and Sufi mystic Rumi.

(Image credit: Francisco Seco/AP)

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