The whirling dervishes wear special costumes which represent the death of the ego. Here, a female dervish, or semazen, whirls around the dance chamber to soulful music and accompanying choir called "Mutrib". She is wearing a red full-skirted long gown which represents the shroud. One arm is extended with the hand opened upwards, while the other hand is turned downward. This signifies that the dervish receives from God with one hand, and gives to Man with the other, keeping nothing.
The whirling dervishes spin around the chamber, frequently attaining trance-like state.