A MYSTICAL JOURNEY FROM SHAMAN RITUALS TO THE WHIRL OF THE ALAWIS


Turan F. A.

TURK KULTURU VE HACI BEKTAS VELI-ARASTIRMA DERGISI, no.56, pp.153-162, 2010 (Journal Indexed in AHCI) identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: Issue: 56
  • Publication Date: 2010
  • Title of Journal : TURK KULTURU VE HACI BEKTAS VELI-ARASTIRMA DERGISI
  • Page Numbers: pp.153-162

Abstract

The whirl ritual is a religious practice which is kept alive in and based on the Alawism - Bektashism thought system. Alawism is one of the most important elements of Turkish history The interchange of millennial life and belief experiences of Turks and some Islamic elements formed a basis for an ontological movement. Within this context, the images of many epistemological structures related to Turkish culture are included in the Alawism - Bektashism culture as well. When looked from this point of view, it is observed that the whirl ritual has many significant traces of the Central Asian culture.