Yesterday, while clearly busy, I went on a popular social media site and saw a video a friend had posted.
This was utterly compelling. I found some more stuff.
This is worth a read.
If you’ve got an hour, who hasn’t??, then have this on in the background while you’re doing something. It’s a full Chechen Zikr. This is more than an hour of chanting, dancing, and generally working yourself into a state where you’re clean and thinking only of God. I’m not religious. This clearly is. The video cuts at around 1 hour 13 from the madness of the dance to more chanting, but this time sat down. It then kicks off again.
The physicality of this is insane. Clapping, chanting, repetition, physical movement, there is something primal about this isn’t there?
It wouldn’t matter if you believed in God or not when you went in, though I’m pretty certain you’d need to believe to be admitted into the building, you’d believe in something when you were in there and when you were leaving.
Here’s a more professionally shot video, I’m not sure it’s as interesting.
I could actually spend hours finding videos of similar things. And not in a “ooh look at the funny forrins dancing funny” way.