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Saturday night (August 7) I attended a Sufi sema3 at the Tripoli Festival, a beautiful ceremony of Islamic mysticism made up of love songs (God being the Beloved), music and the well-known whirling dance.

I'd seen one when I was much younger, and what I didn't know and only noticed now, was that the whirling is not "plain", but animated by a number of what I can best describe as "mudhras". There were more than I could make out, but I was fascinated by this – each of these gestures meaning something very specific.

It was my friend who made the (tongue-in-cheek?) suggestion I should make Mini Fu versions of the dancers... So here they are, in the 10 movements I was able to mentally note. Enjoy!

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