Origin of dervishTurkish dervish from Persian darv?sh, beggar
a member of any of various Muslim religious groups dedicated to a life of poverty and chastity: some dervishes practice whirling, chanting, etc. as religious acts
- A member of any of various Muslim ascetic orders, some of which perform whirling dances and vigorous chanting as acts of ecstatic devotion.
- One that possesses abundant, often frenzied energy: “[She] is a dervish of unfocused energy, an accident about to happen” ( Jane Gross )
Origin of dervishTurkish derviş mendicant from Persian darvēš from Middle Persian driyōš needy one, one who lives in holy mendicancy from Old Iranian (Avestan) drigu- Sanskrit adhriguh ( a divine epithet of unknown but favorable meaning ) perhaps a- not dhrigu- poor
- To the accompaniment of hymns, the dance gradually developing into a wild dervish-like spinning which is kept up till they drop, foaming at the mouth and prophesying.
- From Gallabat a dervish raiding party penetrated to Gondar, which they looted.
- The mainland part of the town is surrounded by a high coral wall, built in 1884 to resist dervish attacks.
- In the Sinan Tekke or Dervish monastery the ceremonies of the howling and dancing Dervishes may be witnessed.
- On the 7th of August 1897 Colonel Hunter surprised and annihilated a weak Dervish garrison at Abu Hamed, to which place, by the 31st of October 1897, a railway had been laid across the Nubian desert from Wadi Haifa, a distance of 230 m., the record construction of 5300 yds surveyed, embanked and laid in one day having been attained.