Whirling Dervish Kitty

What is a whirling Dervish, you ask? Well, way back when mom shot this video of a former foster kitten and wanted to title it Whirling Whirling Dervish Kitty CaptureDervish Kitty, she researched it. She wanted to be sure she wasn’t going to offend anyone. She had heard the term for years but didn’t know the origin or exactly what it meant, only that it was something going round and round — whirling.

When we decided to use this video for W in the Blogging from A-Z Challenge, we needed to do more research. First, we went to Wikipedia, our favorite research tool. Holy cats. After reading all that, there was no way mom and I could put anything on paper that made any sense to a kitty or most of her friends. A simpler explanation was found by searching for a definition:

  1. a member of a Muslim (specifically Sufi) religious order who has taken vows of poverty and austerity. Dervishes first appeared in the 12th century; they were noted for their wild or ecstatic rituals and were known as dancing, whirling, or howling dervishes according to the practice of their order.

You may have seen this on TV, or maybe even in person if you have visited Turkey.

The term has come into common usage, with the original meaning forgotten for the most part. It refers to anything moving in a spinning or whirling motion. So, mom’s title of this video was very appropriate. It was submitted to The Friskies in 2013. Hope you enjoy it! It’s short, but cute.

Don’t let your day spin out of control!

Christy Paws

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12 Responses to Whirling Dervish Kitty

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  2. Such fun to watch! Thanks for the history of the Whirling Dervish, too. So intersesting

  3. Aimable Cats says:

    I was listening to an NFL game on the radio a few years back. The color analyst, who had been an NFL player (and whose name I have forgotten), thought the term “whirling dervish” came from roller derby.

  4. Raven says:

    That’s a great “W”. I had an adult kitty who chased his tail but not nearly as fast as that kitten.

  5. OMC! We loved that kitten chasing its tail.

  6. Ellen Pilch says:

    My husband has referred to Joanie as one 🙂

  7. da tabbies o trout towne says:

    christy…cuzinz perk o lator & sauce could both spin like thiz !!! cuzin perky could spin ona dime N due sew for minits on end…♥♥♥

  8. Summer says:

    MOL! Didn’t you get awfully dizzy?

  9. Penelope says:

    What a wonderful W!!!
    Whole wad of Kisses

  10. absolutely love it! Thanks for the meaning of the term and that adorable video! Cody spins like that when playing with his Neko mouse! Be sure to stop by our blog for a pawesome give-away!

  11. That is so cute. Thank you for the explanation, we never knew that story.
    Lola and Lexy

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