Sep 20, 2015

Dervish Dancer in Salonica | Greece

Today I went to a car boot sale and had some amazing finds! My favorite one is this postcard of a Dervish Dancer in Salonica, Greece.

A dervish or darvesh (from Persian درویش, Darvīsh via Turkish, Somali: Daraawiish, Arabic: درويش‎, Darwīš) is someone treading a Sufi Muslim ascetic path or "Tariqah", known for their extreme poverty and austerity. His focus is on the universal values of love and service, deserting the illusions of ego to reach God. In most Sufi orders, a dervish is known to practice dhikr through physical exertions or religious practices to attain the ecstatic trance to reach Allah. [wikipedia]

The publisher of this postcard is Gilbert Baudinière, a french publisher who published postcards up until 1918, when he started publishing novels and poems. So this postcard was published 0n 1918 the latest.

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