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Darawish icon set

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Yesterday night I attended a Sufi dhikr and sema3 at the Tripoli Festival, a beautiful ceremony of singing, 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. Definitely the most random set I ever made and I'd be shocked if anyone actually used it :D
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lpwebportal's avatar
How original is this!!! Wow!
Majnouna's avatar
Glad you like it!
K-kare's avatar
THIS IS AWESOME !
aoiblue02's avatar
oooooo definitely download!! can you make dabke dancers for icons?!?!
Majnouna's avatar
Hmm, it's an idea, but it won't be soon :)
hodhod24's avatar
this reminded me of that [link] it looks cool too
Carles's avatar
I love them. You really have a special talent to capture body stances and movement in very simple lines.
Majnouna's avatar
Thank you very much :)
seifertacko's avatar
hey,i saw this dance on Net Geo..really nice to hve those for icons..cool!
Majnouna's avatar
Yes, it's famous :) Thanks!
seifertacko's avatar
ur most welcome..
hcanuysal's avatar
He is called as Semazen who makes sema which is a religios ceremony.
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I'm aware of what sema3 is.
hcanuysal's avatar
of course you know but people don't.. you may give some info i think. like,

While semazens whirl, they hold their right hands up and their left hands own in a stance that signifies Mevlana's own material insignificance and how he gave what he received from God directly to the people without arrogating it to himself.
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No info is better than superficial info.
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hodhod24's avatar
reminds me of el"tanoura" dancers in Egypt
very nicely done, an animated gif would be real cool too
Majnouna's avatar
I'm not familiar with them :) Hehe I thought of the gif but don't know if I want to put so much work into it!
hodhod24's avatar
u could type"tanoura" in youtube u'd find some examples :)
I posted a reply on my post i guess u missed it, anyway i was asking about a way to save icons like these from photoshop
i got a plugin but the outcome turns out so small and curved parts turn out pixelated..
Majnouna's avatar
Oops, you must have replied to yourself because it didn't reach me :)
I use Iconbuilder which is a great plugin from iconfactory.com, but it's not free. You might be able to try a demo though!
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